|Recent work, by Elizabeth Bainbridge|
|A Faceless Portrait, by Alex Bell|
Down Orford Road to see Jude Stedham's drawings The Muses Squared, chinese ink and watercolour work that takes the classical torso as a starting point and then draws it as a pattern. I spent a while with the lady who works at Petals in Bloom working out what parts of the torso we recognised in the drawings. She saw a woman lying down, while I saw a face. "It really makes you think and is a little bit difficult", was her verdict on the work. We both liked how Jude Stedham combines the Western tradition of representation with the Eastern focus on patterns. Her colleague wishes they'd had more time to make their flower displays into artworks but I think the bloom-filled shop is as beautiful as the art. Jude Stedham's work is well hung, the white drawings stand out against the colourful flowers. She has exhibited in this shop for a few years now and the people who work there have seen her grow, "she was a bit nervous at the beginning and now she is so confident."