Jul 18, 2012

Veronica Lindsay-Addy - 8 Diamonds...

Veronica Lindsay-Addy's exhibition seems both fascinating and fitting for this years Trail:

1. Please tell us about the work you will be showing in the 2012 E17 Art Trail? 
I am in the process of creating  8 paintings  on hexagonal shaped canvases, representing a potted biography of my life as an Elizabethan. My inspiration is the Diamond Jubilee for both content and picture shape. The works title is Bestow, in line with the theme of this years trail  neatly fitting in with the final 2 paintings; my sister receiving an OBE from the Queen.

2. Is this your first time in the Trail or are you an E17 Art Trail veteran? 
I think I've been involved with the Art Trail since 2007 in many different set ups: as part of a group shows at Waltham Forest Collage, presenting Waltham Forest Children's Art Project, working with 1NE, alongside friends at the Quaker Hall in Walthamstow and more recently at Pictorem Gallery on Hoe Street. I suppose you could call me a veteran.

3. What are the challenges of getting everything ready for your Art Trail event? 
Each year the challenge of getting everything ready varies depending on whether I am working independently or as part of a group or even the main organiser. Getting myself organised is a matter of having a large monthly wall calendar plus lots of scrap paper covered with scrawled lists of daily targets. I usually start off with an ordered and leisurely plan, gradually slipping into a more chaotic schedule,  finally followed by a last minute dash to be ready. Working with others can require much patience, tact and stamina (i'm sure they are saying the same of me).

4. Do you remember the first artist that really influenced you? Does that artist’s influence still have an impact on your work? 
One of my favourite artists is Paula Rego, whose work I came to late in life on an impromptu trip to Tate Britain about 4 years ago. She is able to convey her empathy with the women she portrays in the care she takes with each stroke of the brush. Not only that, there is always an element of narrative, fantastic colour sense and a great boldness. I would love to be able to produce work of this stature.

5. The E17 Art trail has become bigger every year. Do you think it is because more artists are calling it home? 
My reasons for being involved in making art are multiple: fulfils a need to create, empowering, expressive and provides a social network through group events. I think the E17 Trail has grown more through networking, than artists calling Walthamstow home. The more people you talk with, the more talent you unearth. I  believe that everyone has something special to contribute but doesn't always realise or have the confidence to share it.

6. What has E17 bestowed on you?
Being part of E17 has given me courage to show my work. The atmosphere is very supportive because even when showing independently you are part of a whole. Taking part makes me feel like a professional artist, even though it's my hobby and gives an annual focus to my work. Basically I am saying it helps keep me going.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great take on the Diamond Jubilee, and very different from the intricate prints she did last year