Nicola Ferrie and Laura Scrivener

How would you define special?

12 – 17 February

It’s a word that has contradictory qualities which Nicola Ferrie and Laura Scrivener question this duality.  For this exhibition they present a collection of contemporary Fine Art. After they both noticed overlapping similarities and themes in their work whilst studying for their BA, Ferrie and Scrivener formed a special relationship, this developed further when they both completed a MFA in Fine Art at West Dean College. This exhibition embraces both artists’ work, presented and displayed together for the first time in a collaborative art show.

Exploring surrealist themes they are showing paintings, sculpture, photography, textiles and mixed media. Both are local artists who have previously had work shown in The Pallant House Gallery. In addition to this Fine Art show, the pair are showcasing their acquired skills. Nicola is a silversmith and will be showing a selection of her wearable art pieces; Laura has combined her hairdressing skills and art and is now producing millinery which will also be available.

The works of Nicola Ferrie explore the relationship between memory and the notion of loss. The works have been created in previously owned and loved remnants of cloth. The direct connection between cloth and memory becomes tangible when using clothing or the fabric of furnishings that once belonged to a loved one. Ferrie has transformed the heirloom cloth in to a figurative, physical, recreation of thought.
Ferrie’s work is distinctive in that it is feminine and gentle, yet somehow melancholy and sombre. The colour blue, Ferrie observes, has an impact on the spirit, it is calming, restful and offers healing. The cloth that has been chosen was selected for its beauty, its colour and its tactile nature. Silk itself represents the circle of life, through the life cycle of the silk worm (Bombyx Mori). The worked cloth represents the feelings of the artist.

“Give sorrow words. The grief that does not speak. Whispers the o’er-fraught heart, and bids it break.” William Shakespeare.

Laura Scrivener trained as a professional hairdresser and has always been intrigued by the history, customs and cultural significance surrounding hair. This ongoing interest and training have since been incorporated into her artistic practice. Laura’s work explores how the female body has been, and is, objectified, idealised and fetishised. Hair is personal but publically displayed and this juxtaposition is fundamental in explaining how important hair is as a means of expressing identity.
Led by her own psychological motivations, Laura’s work contains dark autobiographical undercurrents, leading the viewer to question which experiences the work might be referencing or deconstructing. The work has multiple layers of psychoanalytical meaning which can be slowly revealed over time.
She considers it vital that the viewer forms their own relationship with the work and is free to interact without bias.