Thames-Side Studios Lounge

New Print Studio Keyholders
Please note that from 5 January 2021 this exhibition is available for online viewing only.
Exhibition dates: 15 December - 28 February 2021

Thames-Side Print Studio will be showcasing some of the new Print Studio keyholders' work in the Lounge from 15 December 2020 until 28 February 2021.

Exhibiting artists:
Amy Leigh Bird
Ellie Hayward
Ugonna Hosten
Tim Mitchell
Karl-Peter Penke
Yuki Scholl
Rob White
Soomin Yeong

Amy Leigh Bird
Amy Leigh Bird is inspired by the natural world and is enjoying exploring new ways in which to display her work and collections.
Amy's work celebrates material, both natural and man-made. She is drawn to the detritus on the shores of rivers, seas, and lakes which are regularly ignored by fellow mud-larkers and beach scavengers alike. Her belief is that the attitude of disposability prevalent in today’s world can only be confronted once more value is invested in the materials that we consider as waste. Through art, we can reveal new perspectives by elevating these materials beyond images of neglect.

Ellie Hayward
Ellie Hayward recently graduated with a BA from the Slade School of Fine Art, where her practice focused on print and sculpture. Within both mediums she explores ideas around space, with a focus on liminal and in-between spaces. The architectural language of spaces such as corridors, thresholds and boundaries, create places of transition in our everyday lives.
Over time she has experimented and developed the way in which she creates both the prints and sculptures. This has resulted in the prints becoming more sculptural and the sculptures more like drawings. It is this confused relationship and overlap between the two processes which interests Ellie. Through working with both mediums she has explored the in-between/liminal space between 2D and 3D. It is the intersection between the two where she intends her work to be.
With her prints she combines different etching processes, layering aquatint and photo-etching within the same print. She converts photographs of her sculptural works into photo-etchings, incorporating and blending them within the aquatint drawings. Imagery and motifs within the prints are constantly repeated as she tries to play with the space created by the plate and subsequent emboss on the paper. The composition of the etching within the plate helps to hint at the scale and space in which the objects exist within.

Ugonna Hosten
Ugonna Hosten is a multi-disciplinary visual artist working across media encompassing collage, printmaking, photography and assemblage. Themes of myth, the unconscious and mysticism are prevalent in her work. Born in Nigeria and migrating to the UK as a child, Ugonna’s work seeks to explore how meaning might be made of a dialectic backdrop. In shaping the meeting place of two worlds she is informed by her intuitive imagination, and literature; Ugonna considers the creating of alternate and fantastical worlds, as a way of building on the rich legacy and tradition of storytelling. In her most recent works; the concept of etiological myths is explored within a modern family dynamic. Entitled “A mother, her three daughters and their Chi” the series of etching is rooted in the African philosophical framework of a people known as the Igbo; located in the south eastern area of Nigeria. Drawing from a deeply personal narrative about aspiration and loss this current body of work seeks to examine the connection between the conscious and subconscious realm manifested through the presence of ‘chi’. A personal diety analogous to the concept of a guardian angel in Christianity, the daemon in ancient Greek religion, and the genius in ancient Roman religion.

Tim Mitchell
The use of animals and birds in storytelling across cultures and religions through the centuries interests Tim MItchell greatly. From his early readings of Aesop’s fables, the Wind in the Willows and fairy-tales and later Ovid’s Metamorphosis, Farid ud-Din Attar’s Persian poem The Conference of the Birds, the Hindu Ramayama and Mahābhārata or Rumi’s This Longing, the way story telling uses animal imagery fascinates Tim. The use of creatures, rather than people, as a vehicle for the teaching of morals, ethics, tolerance, respect and understanding has been widespread through history. After many years working in primary school settings in Europe and Asia telling and retelling myths, legends and fairy tales that so many of us in Western culture are familiar with, Tim has come to appreciate how important the animal element is for engaging and opening minds with imagination and questioning. With his print images Tim likes to capture birds and animals at some crucial point in the midst of a story. The exact point in the story he leaves for the viewer to decide for themselves

Karl-Peter Penke
Karl-Peter Penke sources his playful work from observations of our, currently viral, world. The complexities which bombard our day-to-day interactions, together with our nagging historical baggage, are pulped, filtered and regurgitated as pictorial vignettes.

Rob White
Rob has an interest in the void, emptiness, the nothing, the nowhere. The idea of the void (emptiness) is very hard to comprehend. Rob tries to create a space that one can inhabit, a place for peace, calm and reflection.

Soomin Leong
Travelling is the theme Soomin has been working on since she started her art practice. She is still exploring different ways, or different directions to express the idea of travelling.
Soomin was inspired by the labyrinth and the maze-like structure of a city. She has been always interested in doors, windows, ladders, stairs, etc, which she sees as gateways to another space. The space behind them is full of mystery -- the Unknown.