I am 88 years; retired in 1997 as a Lecturer in the History of Art and from that time I have been much more able to fulfil the wide range of my creative interests. However, from a child I have always made things and regard myself primarily as a Maker, this characteristic is recorded in a catalogue [1950-2015, 2015 – 2017]. When I retired to the Gravesend area it carried a significance of my earlier as a student at the Gravesend Art School some 70 years ago.
Much more recently I have benefitted from a stimulating programme of the Gravesend Art Group and the opportunity to exhibit my work whilst retaining my strict amateur status. The usual emphasis on painting does mean only a sight opportunity to exhibit my practice in; pottery, sculpture, stained glass, modelling, construction, etc. My long standing inspiration has been my conviction that there were goddesses before Gods, all of which gives my work in “Object Trouve’” a strong female orientation, within the context of ancient myths and history.
My infrequent visits to Margate since c 1940’s has meant that I have experienced Margate in acute decline, with Dreamland symbolic of dereliction, [I could say more]. Much more recently it has a regenerated character, even a “quarter”, and it is not only as a creative person that I am truly impressed by the foresight and energy that has bought Turner Contemporary into being.