Love Story Family: Intimate Tales in Art

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Five artists showed work relating to their personal and interior lives in a multi-cultural group show. Tisna Westerhof, Chris Simpson, Rachelle Allen-Sherwood, Eze Chimalio and Jude Cowan Montague.

Rachelle Allen-Sherwood explored feelings and memories from her childhood in Japan as the offspring of two professional entertainers working abroad, an Austrian-Chinese mother and African-American father.

Chris Simpson’s sculptural paintings in cloth and oil, the culmination of a four year old project using light and textiles symbolise the absence of a maternal figure from early childhood.

Eze Chimalio, a multi-media artist from Nigeria presented work depicting birds, golden birds of prey and the neglected pigeon, alongside portraits of children and adults in matte paint and crayon, using coffee grounds and unusual material to create their poignant staring character.

Tisna Westerhof exhibited her textile alphabet of life in contemporary London, embroidered on handkerchiefs and referencing contemporary issues such as immigration and acid attacks and controversial figures such as Jimmy Savile and Donald Trump.

Jude Cowan Montague projected the first section of her graphic novel in progress about her marriage to a man who was diagnosed with paranoid psychosis, ‘Love on the Isle of Dogs’.

The Sunday Tribune spoke to the artists during the hanging of the show.

Exhibition at hARTslane, SE1         19-21 January

hARTslane gallery, Harts Lane, New Cross, London SE14 5QF

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