Please join us for the opening night between 6.00pm to 8.00pm for wine and canapes!
The drawings in this exhibition in all cases are inspired by, or in some way refer to, subjects found in the landscape of the far west of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
‘Pentimento’ derives from the Italian verb ‘pentersi’, to repent, or in our case, to ‘correct’ or change, and has come to suggest the visible history of an art work within its surface. Subtle changes and altered decisions may remain as ghosts, charting the drawing’s evolution and enriching the surface.
Much of the work here is based on observation, and the exploratory approach to recording an object or a place often entails a process of repeatedly drawing and correcting, giving rise to the notion of a drawing being simply ‘a series of corrections’. The evidence of this approach is visible in some of our drawings. There are also examples of a more considered placing of the mark or line that might include structural or measurement marks, and these too leave their trace.
These drawings also serve as traces of our visits to Tresco, made in plein air, in some cases developed in the studio, and selected by Lucy Dorrien-Smith, who with husband Robert, has shown great generosity to us in the formative years of our course.