‘Tonal Edit’ features work by artists using a restricted tonal palette, focusing on subtle tones, hues, surface texture and mark-making. Ideas around subtlety of design and high quality material manipulation – evoking suggestions, intimations, veils, shadows and understatement. The exhibition includes a showcase of work by Gizella K Warburton – whose abstract compositions evolve through the tactile and contemplative process of drawing with paper, cloth and thread. With vessel forms and weathered wood and slate grounds, the work has a raw and simple materiality with layers of detail revealed or hidden as light and shadow pass across and through the surfaces.
Gizella Warburton’s studio is in an idyllic location, on a farm set in the Leicestershire countryside. It’s a deceptive landscape, soft and rolling in the sunshine, but with the huge skies to give scale and impact to the constantly changing weather. The landscape is important to Gizella’s work, not in a representational way, but in it’s effects on materials: rusting iron, scoured wood, polished stone, all testament to a turbulent nature
“My work explores an intuitive response to linear, textural and light detail within landscape and surface. Abstract compositions evolve through the tactile and contemplative process of drawing with paper cloth and thread. Mark making is an intrinsic part of my practice: shadowed, scratched, stained, scarred, pierced, wrapped and stitched…
My relationship with making is visceral… I ‘feel’ where the work emanates from, and is leading, as much as I ‘see’ it. The materiality of cloth, paper, thread, wood and paint connects me to an innate human urge to make marks… to decipher the meaning of our physical and emotional landscapes, and the transient nature of the warp and weft of our lives. The slow tactile intimacy of stitching is a mantra.”