A round up of the latest exhibitions on Main Corridor, York Hospital.
Jordan Benjamin Sutton, sports photographer
Jordan’s hobby as a sports photographer has given him the opportunity to travel the world taking photographs of a wide variety of athletes at some of the most competitive times of their lives.
“I take a lot of my inspiration from the landscapes that I visit and I try to use them to portray a sense of drama in all of my photos in order to capture the reality of the sport I am photographing.
This particular collection includes some of my favourites as they display a wide range of moods, from cycling in the wind and the rain, all the way through to victory in the sunshine.
I hope that my photos inspire you to get involved in the sport that you enjoy be that participating, spectating or even photographing it!”
Emma Frost, artist
Emma enjoys painting scenes of her everyday life. Located on the outskirts of York, this means her work often has strong suburban themes. The telegraph pole seen from her kids bedroom window, the pylon next to the field on her local dog walk. It’s these everyday views that can seem so mundane in the moment that she wants to highlight and stand back to be able to say ‘oh, but that’s beautiful’.
“I particularly enjoy painting big, dramatic skies with a manmade structure such as a pylon or wind turbine in the foreground. I love the contrast of flowing clouds with the geometry of steel, power lines etc. I also enjoy the visual contrast in the colours of nature versus manmade objects.
I am a self-taught artist and work in acrylic, creating my compositions from photos that I’ve taken during my day-to-day life. I’ll usually work from several photos so that I can choose a particular sky or sunset and then pair it with a structure or specific scene. I work with brushes and palette knives to create the strong contrast between skies and clouds (brushes) and manmade structures (palette knives).”
Christina Kolaiti, Teddy Bear Cabinet
Christina is a senior lecturer in photography at York St John University. Her practice has converged the fields of arts and healthcare through collaborations with healthcare institutions and her work has been recognised ‘for an outstanding contribution to the art and science of photography’ by the Royal Photographic Society in 2011.
The Teddy Bear Cabinet features a series of sepia toned portraits of handcrafted teddy bears. The images resemble 19th century cabinet cards; an early form of portrait photography, which became associated with the family album. Often displayed in glass cabinets or exchanged between individuals, it established a practice of memory preservation through a physical object, the photograph.
Made from keepsakes such as baby clothes, muslins, pregnancy jumpers and baby blankets, the material presence of these treasured memory bears exhibits relatable narratives of nurturing in the elusive cabinet of stories of early motherhood.
This project aims at engaging audiences with the concept of secure attachment, a theory introduced by British psychologist John Bowlby in 1969. This approach associates the physical mother-infant connection with emotional nurturing and has been described as “the lasting psychological connectedness between human beings”.
Rhea Cusick, Disconnected Landscape
Rhea is a multidisciplinary artist and recently completed her BA Fine Art degree at York St. John University. She creates a variety of works such as paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures and focuses on the processes of making art as she find solace and joy in her creative outlets.
“I started drawing as a kid and realised making art helped to relieve my anxiety, this developed my interest in Art Therapy and the benefits art has on mental health. For this reason, I use my art to express my emotions and provoke feelings for anyone viewing my work. I have always been captivated by abstract art and this is reflected within my practice. I enjoy using bright colours with a mixture of shape and forms within my work.
This work ‘Disconnected Landscape’ (2022) is a two-part piece I have created which combines my love of landscapes and abstract art. My work started with 2D landscape paintings created by a scraping technique; I then translated the shapes and colours from the paintings into 3D forms using wood sculptures to bring my landscapes to life. I used a variety of warm and cold colours on each side of the shapes as I explore colour psychology and how colours evoke emotions in others. I strive for viewers to feel connected to my work and perceive my art in their own way.”