The entrance to Number Nine Exe houses a small gallery space where local artists are invited to show their current work in progress. It’s accessible by prior appointment with the artist, contact us to put you in touch. Some of the office suites contain gallery quality hanging systems for your own art – or that of the artist showing, if both parties agree. Note that the office spaces are individually fobbed with no unauthorised access from the gallery.
Meditations on my father, 2019
Work in progress
“This is the beginning of a body of work which has been a journey of self discovery and a way of exploring my own grief over my father’s death in 2016. My father was a private man; an engineer by trade and a fastidious collector of useful things. He had a vast collection of tools, fixings, nuts, bolts and spare parts which was meticulously kept in different containers. I initially photographed the objects and then started abstracting these images. Later I began to encase some of the pieces in wax – a sort of subconscious embalming – and then moved on to capturing them in different fabrics, almost creating shrouds for these objects.
“Critical throughout this process was repetition, constantly making tiny adjustments to the image and repetitively reconnecting with the physical objects. This phenomenological approach really helped this become a conscious experience, intentionally exploring my relationship with my father and my grief without any boundaries.
“For me, this process has created images whose space and depth have an ethereal quality, evoking a deeper subconscious memory whilst echoing feelings of loss.
“This has been a time of deep reflection and has enabled me to find the interconnections between a physical presence and a sense of nothingness.”