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A few images from my latest series

This series was about the story of failed relationships, and the mess there is to clean up once things are officially over. The theme is pretty universal, and although we tend to play it down culturally, the scars from these experiences can last for many years.

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For me, this one was a humdinger! I came away from it feeling utterly drained, confused and lost, with the distinct feeling that I had given far too much of myself and now there was very little left to rebuild with. That was 6 months ago, however, and while it still hurts a lot, I’m doing fine. I’m really happy to have taken the somewhat scary step of spilling my guts on these seven canvases. To have taken a painful situation and turned it into something pretty is my own personal form of alchemy, and I know that once the feelings of loss and grief have entirely faded, these paintings will still be a part of my body of work.

 

All of these images will be available as prints soon. Email me at shelli.le.fay@hotmail.com if you’d like to talk about buying any prints or originals.

 

 

 

 

 

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Glitterarti exhibition and beyond…

Once again, it’s been a long time since I posted anything. Life, as always, gets in the way, and I’m now hopefully in a slightly more stable and predictable situation where I can focus on my artwork.

The big news is this: we held the opening to our Glitterarti exhibition on Sunday 5th June. It was a beautiful day, the turnout was great, and a lot of fun was had by all.

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The next day, however, we received an email from Birkenhead Park saying their boss had arrived on Monday morning, seen the work, essentially panicked and had locked the door to the gallery. The reason? Because four of the paintings featured breasts, if you can imagine such a thing! That and Paul Burns’ (aka Ambidexter) work featured Jesus on the cross but with a few multi-ethnic twists that the management deemed a little radical for their audience’s delicate little minds!

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Image credit: Ambidexter

So after a bit of discussion we decided as a group to remove our work and find a gallery space that was more open-minded and serious about displaying real actual art. At time of writing it is on display at the Atrium Cafe on Victoria Street in Liverpool, but next week we’ll be moving into Unit 51 in the Baltic Creative and will be reopening the show, cos we take any excuse for a party, frankly…

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Here’s the full group. Top row L-R: Rob Duffy, Virginia Chandler, Ilan Sheady, Louise Boyce, Chris Fairrie, Paul Burns. Bottom L-R: Jayde Marie Bell and Shelli Le Fay

 

 

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Clockwork Heart

Hey all. Life has been on the hectic side lately so today was the first time in ages I’ve actually been able to spend painting. I’m mostly on a mission to get my paintings all finished in time for our exhibition on June 5th. Here’s a few images of what I’ve been up to today.

 

Excuse the mess, it’s still very much a work in progress. The basic form is there but now it just needs realising, so that’s what is on the agenda for tomorrow.

 

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Moleskine sketches!

It’s been so long since I last posted! Sorry about that, dearies! Unfortunately I’ve been lacking a camera for the last few weeks so didn’t have the ability to document any of my work until now. But that is now rectified, so today I’m giving you a little insight into the very beginnings of my paintings.

My ex-boyfriend bought me a moleskine sketchbook for Christmas and it’s proved really useful for capturing ideas before they float off out of my brain forever! It’s a tiny little A6 book so I tend to bring it with me everywhere these days. I’m too precious over my sketchbooks and like to make sure every page is filled with something beautiful so I can archive them and keep them forever. Therefore it’s good to have a book to be decidedly unprecious over where I can be as messy and scribbly as need be.

So these are my paintings in their very, very  embryonic stages. All are autobiographical, a bit twee, a bit surreal, and all rely on symbolism to tell a story. Two of them are works in progress as paintings currently and are hopefully going to be included in the show in June.

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Throwback Thursday: UCA Degree Show 2011

I ended my degree on a text-based project called ‘Songs From The Revolution’. This was around the time of Occupy, the student marches and the beginnings of the anti-austerity movement in the UK, and all of these things had heavily influenced my artwork and taken that and my life in a more political direction. For this project I made cut up poetry out of newspaper headlines and advertising slogans, and the main rule was: they must always end on a positive note. The premise was that newspapers and adverts are designed to instill fear into the hearts of their readers in order to coerce them into spending their money. By cutting up the offending text and reclaiming the words as beautiful poems, the manipulation message is subverted. With the help of my uni’s wonderful technicians, I stole the Clear Channel logo and created this enormous billboard to display my final piece.

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This project was great fun to do and I explored many formats before arriving at this final piece, including printing zines of the poems that I left in cafes and in public spaces, and a series of posters which I put up in phone boxes and any free notice board I could find.