So it’s 2019 already and the next Open Studio is upon us. This year I’ll be opening both weekends as follow 11am to 5pm
- Saturday 4th May
- Sunday 5th May
- Monday 6th May (Bank Holiday)
- Saturday 11th May
- Sunday 12th May
Information about Openup2019 is now online at https://openupsheffield.co.uk
My listing on the Openup site can be found here: https://openupsheffield.co.uk/open-up-artists-2019/christine-rodger/
Find me on Instagram @smallworldsartist
If you have any questions please drop me an email at email@example.com
My work this year explores materials, natural and manmade; their seductive beautiful qualities; how they decay, and some of the cultural, historical and geographical contexts. Much has changed in my lifetime and I have appreciated the benefits of new technologies, medical advances and travel opportunities; I welcome the new ideas these generate.
During my sailing years along British, French and Mediterranean coasts, I was very aware of environmental issues, particularly the impact of plastics and toxic waste. Plastic as containers and packaging are light and in so many ways a cheap and practical solution, but they also present a bigger problem. Distribution by air and water as microplastics is all too easy. Marketing thrives on rich colours and type. So seductive. So slow to decay, if at all. Recent climate changes are highlighting the importance of much more awareness and collaboration if our fragile ecosystems are to be maintained.
I am hoping for some exciting conversations at my Open Studio this year. Before then I have several trips to London planned for more research.
The last twelve months have flown by, my Open Studio in May was once again well attended with some fascinating conversations and also some sales.
In June I travelled to the Italian Alps to learn more about the Iron Age rock art at Valcamonica. This has been found all the way up the wide glaciated valley, the two main sites show schematic figures and animals, some which are believed to be maps. Our guide said the whole valley still contained much more waiting to be excavated. We then travelled to the Austrian border to see Otzithe well preserved natural mummy of a man who lived between 3400 and 3100 BC,he was found in the glacier by two climbers.
After the long hot summer,which was wonderful but not very conducive to doing much work, I was ready for Naples in early September. What a wonderful crazy city it is, so unlike others I have visited over the years. Modern Naples for all its similarity to Rome, has a very earthy unique street life.
The trip was mainly to look at the historical sites around the Bay of Naples, where the rich Romans had their villas – I got to see the elegant museum in Naples and the exquisite mosaics from Pompeii, and to visit the remains of early Roman hot springs. What impressed me most were the layers of history from the Greeks and Etruscans which linked up with my trip in 2016.
Most of the autumn and early winter has been spent at leisure studying this rich collection of impressions.