Hidden Islands: An Introduction to Thinking About the Islands Along the River Thames,Particularly Between Sunbury and Shepperton

ISBN_9781910578124Hidden Islands
An Introduction to Thinking About the Islands Along the River Thames,Particularly Between Sunbury and Shepperton

Published April 2015
ISBN 978-1-910578-12-4
A3 fold out map
Author – Tahira Mandarino
Editor – Alban Low
SLB0020

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“ISLANDS are secret, hideaway places. They conjure up exotic pictures of being, Lost then found, of survival and of solitude. On the Thames there are many islands, I have focused on 10 islands from Sunbury to Shepperton. These Islands are all private places. Imagine as you walk along, The river, The sounds and colours, Create your own space away from where you are now. Some Islands, Are natural habitats, with Tall trees, Lush foliage and dense areas To get lost in. Others are small communities, historical, weekend retreats, With laughter, And discovery, Adventure and making plans, Cooking Thinking and Being Some are wide open spaces, To play and explore, to walk the dog To run to after school, meet friends and catch up. They are our escape routes to somewhere new and undiscovered.”
Tahira Mandarino, 2015.

50%_Tahira_Mandarion_inner_4 copyMandarino’s current practice involves 2D works, on canvas and on paper. Much of the work derives from a preoccupation of the landscape as she relates to it. It is this relationship that then uncovers an inner reality, a woven mass of thoughts and ideas relating to the self, contained in a formless form, formed yes but not solid. Oscillating within the paintings is the need to be accepted and yet, often the scribbles represent an absence of language, a deflection of the self. Her paintings take on a palimpsest quality, the erasing and then reworking of marks over numerous layers. Previous study within ceramics allows a freedom and assurance to apply texture and develop form. Experimenting with her paintings in ways such as’ Arranging by Chance ‘has added a new geometric dimension. The mosaic of colours, tumbling or static can convey movement and stability perhaps even the emergence of architectural beginnings. In response to colour representation within the work, she seeks to explore the relationship colours have with each other and how this relationship is affected through placement and dimension.

To see more of Tahira’s work visit his website at…
http://www.tahiramandarino.co.uk/

This map was first exhibited at the ‘On the map’ exhibition at the Sunbury Embroidery Gallery, Sunbury-on-Thames in 2015.

 

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On The Map exhibition

50%_poster_map_6 copyWelcome to the On The Map exhibition from CollectConnect artists. Earlier this year publisher we commissioned 12 new maps from a group of exciting contemporary artists. Each map was designed to be printed as an A3 fold out sheet with 4 supporting pages on it’s reverse side.

There is an inherent beauty in maps, like the Dwell book that proceeded this exhibition maps are a 2 dimensional rendering of a 3 dimensional form. They are often interpretations of the real world in a graphic light with motifs and lines that help us find anything from roads to windmills.

Artists are natural observers and organisers who like categorise through visual means. This map exhibition gives us the chance to see the world around us through the eyes of 14 artists from around the UK.

The Sunbury dice game by Alban Low and Harvey Wells

The Sunbury dice game by Alban Low and Harvey Wells

The artists were asked to consider 3 criteria.

Their map should be set in the real world, somewhere in the UK.

That it should include a route which could be walked.

The walking of the map shouldn’t cost more than £10 (train fares, entrance to museums, lunch)

Sampson Low Ltd have printed them all in colour at an A5 (21×14.8cm) size with an A3 fold out map incorporated. They will be selling the maps at an affordable £2 (+ Postage and Packing) so that anyone can try one of these artist’s walks or frame them on their wall.

The artists are –

Bill Mudge
Melanie Ezra and Rose Davies
Bryan Benge
Robert Good
Peter S Smith
Dean Reddick
Tahira Mandarino
Alban Low and Harvey Wells
Phillip Cribb
Stuart Simler
Jill Hedges
Glyn Walton

The exhibition runs from 14th April to 10th May 2015
Private View – 23rd April, 6.30-8.30pm
at
The Sunbury Embroidery Gallery
The Walled Garden, Thames Street
Sunbury-on-Thames, TW16 6AB
http://www.sunburyembroidery.co.uk/index.htm

All welcome. We hope you can find your way there.
If not, I’ll draw you a map!

AL.

We would especially like to thank Robert Shaw, Barbara Robertson, Tahira Mandarino at the Sunbury Embroidery Gallery. Also Spelthorne Borough Council for their support of the exhibition.