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'ynys' mixed media on canvas. 24 x 24 inches

 

 

The painting of ‘ynys’ is a study of islands, and particularly Bardsey Island.

 

It is an exploration on how we perceive the world, and certain landmarks. I have always had a fascination for islands, Osea Island, Lindisfarne, and the Scottish Islands. So upon coming to live in Llanelltyd, North Wales, and finding that from the nearby coast I could see Bardsey, I became interested in the island concept once again.

 

My perception of island life is of a place of ones own, not aloneness, but a belonging.  In my personal experience the isolation draws people together, and creates a strong sense of community.  A physical island is not necessary to achieve this; we all do it in some way. However I use the island as an image to convey human need, and survival, whilst also celebrating the beauty of a place arising from the sea.

 

The fact that Bardsey is a spiritual place is also of importance. There is a need to look out into the distance, or to the future searching for a better place, a better life. Bardsey is a symbol of that place, that hope that carries us forward. We often find that this place is deep inside us, and is found in solitude, in the ‘island’

 

I am also exploring a way of seeing. While we look,we are also feeling emotion, memories, and experiencing physical feelings, wind, sun or rain.

 

In the painting ‘ynys’ I have tried to covey all the elements of my way of seeing the world, and this includes fragmented words, for when we see, we often think the words. I am trying to capture how it feels to be in that place, thinking those thoughts and remembering.

 

 

 

island / n.1. a piece of land surrounded bywater

 

2. anything compared to an island,

especially being surrounded in some way

 

3. a detached or isolated thing

 

see / v.    1.discern by use of the eyes, observe, look

 

 

feel / v.    1. have a specific feeling orreaction

 

2. exhibit or be conscious of an emotion

sensation or conviction.

 

memory / n.1. the faculty by which things arerecalled

or kept in the mind

 

perception/ n 1. the intuitive recognition of a truth

aesthetic quality

sbm.

 

 

‘ynys’ now in exhibition at Galeri.Betws Y Coed.

.welsh not.

..welsh not..

accepted.

.some things are not for sale.

 

Oriel Plas Brondanw

 

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Working with found images, the work has been investigating restrictions made on women now and in history. Language, behaviour, physical appearance is focussed.

 

Work entails museum visits, research, writing and producing imagery, refined into a personal statement on my findings.

Found objects, manipulated, covered, layered, the issues not hidden.”

 

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.. august news ~ the studio, llanelltyd ..

Studio News . June  2017

Email: – sonja@sonja-benskin-mesher.com

http://www.sonja-benskin-mesher.com

http://www.sonja-benskin-mesher.co.uk

http://www.sonja-benskin-mesher.net

 

::pinned ::

 

hardback book

 words & images by Sonja Benskin Mesher published by 20/20 Vision publishing

 

There will be an private ‘meet the author’ event on Monday 25 September 2pm – 5pm at Dolgellau Library, Bala Road, Dolgellau, Gwynedd LL40 2YF where signed copies of the book can be purchased and you can listen to Sonja talking about her work and reading extracts from .pinned. Entry is free. Tickets can be obtained by contacting the library directly on 01341 422771 or by emailing Sonja or myself. For anyone not able to attend in person, signed copies can be sent after the event is held. 

 

*note. one can come without a ticket  🙂

 

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Member of Penwith Society of Art, St Ives, Royal Cambrian Academy and the United Artists Society.

 

Member of Fluxus.

 

Member of the Creative Collective for Refugee Relief, world wide.

Artists without Borders.

 

This month my artwork is part of the following projects and events.

INTERNATIONAL .

 

 

 

About Women, The international Mail Art Project presents its complete collection for the first time in Barcelona. More than 2000 postcards sent by more than 500 artists and creatives from all over the world continue their itinerancy to continue generating bridges of communication and reflection between art and society.

 

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Recent drawings are now in the exhibition and  collection of Osten World Gallery, Skopje. Macedonia. and International Drawing Competition Wroclaw.

 

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ENGLAND

 

Willow Gallery, Oswestry. Summer Exhibition

 

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Aintree University Hospital .

‘ liverpool photography’ Part of the Permanent Collection

 

 

 

WALES

Open Studio. at The Studio , Llanelltyd. Tynllan, LL40 2SU

by appointment.

 

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North Wales Open. Theatre Clwyd , Mold

 

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Royal Cambrian Academy Members’ Summer Exhibition

 

 

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Orie Plas Glyn y Weddw near Pwlllhelli. Summer Exhibition

 

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Galeri , Betws y Coed  New work

 

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Tonnau Welsh Art Pwllheli

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The White Room Gallery, Harlech

 

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Art in Education

CRB checked

“I’d just like to thank you for being such an inspirational, sympathetic ,positive & funny tutor. I liked your sense of humour & enjoyed every minute of the course.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

.. june 2017.news from the studio ..

Studio News . June  2017

Email: – sonja@sonja-benskin-mesher.com

http://www.sonja-benskin-mesher.com

http://www.sonja-benskin-mesher.co.uk

http://www.sonja-benskin-mesher.net

::pinned ::

 hardback book of words & images by Sonja Benskin Mesher published by 20/20 Vision publishing.

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Member of Penwith Society of Art, St Ives, Royal Cambrian Academy and the United Artists Society.

Member of Fluxus.

Member of the Creative Collective for Refugee Relief, world wide.

Artists without Borders.

This month my artwork is part of the following projects and events.

INTERNATIONAL .

* poets ♥ downtown Cobourg * project. June 13

 

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About Women, The international Mail Art Project presents its complete collection for the first time in Barcelona. More than 2000 postcards sent by more than 500 artists and creatives from all over the world continue their itinerancy to continue generating bridges of communication and reflection between art and society.

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Guitar works now part of the permanent archive of The Ontological Museum, Santa Fe, NM. Under its umbrella are the International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction along with the Fluxmuseum. Thanks to Gary Bibb for the inclusion in his project

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“Arising  Iceland’s Reykjavik Art Museum. Yoko Ono Installation Project.. ongoing

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Recent drawings are now in the exhibition and  collection of Osten World Gallery, Skopje. Macedonia. and International Drawing Competition Wroclaw.

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ENGLAND

United Artists. Pie Factory Margate & Lombard Street Gallery. Margate

17 – 25 June

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31st May – 4th June 2017

Ellesmere College, Ellesmere, Shropshire,

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”I AM NOT HERE / Nectarios Stamatopoulos”   presented at the Drawing Lab at the RWA in Bristol.

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Aintree University Hospital .

‘ liverpool photography’ Part of the Permanent Collection

WALES

Open Studio. at The Studio , Llanelltyd. Tynllan, LL40 2SU

by appointment.

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Theatre Clwyd. 29 April – 10  June

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Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy. Prints.

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Orie Plas Glyn y Weddw near Pwlllhelli. Prints.

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Galeri , Betws y Coed  New work

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Tonnau Welsh Art Pwllheli

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The White Room Gallery, Harlech

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Art in Education

CRB checked

“I’d just like to thank you for being such an inspirational, sympathetic,positive & funny tutor. I liked your sense of humour & enjoyed everyminute of the course.”

 

 

 

 

May 2017. News from the Studio .

Studio News .May 2017

Email: – sonja@sonja-benskin-mesher.com

http://www.sonja-benskin-mesher.com

http://www.sonja-benskin-mesher.co.uk

http://www.sonja-benskin-mesher.net

::pinned ::

 words & images by Sonja Benskin Mesher published by 20/20 Vision publishing. £14.99 plus p&p.

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Member of Penwith Society of Art, St Ives, Royal Cambrian Academy and the United Artists Society.

Member of Fluxus.

Member of the Creative Collective for Refugee Relief, world wide.

Artists without Borders.

This month my artwork is part of the following projects and events.

INTERNATIONAL .

New work in

Athens. Platforms Project  Curated by Michael Borowsky

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The Mobius Artists Group is pleased to announce Concrete Actions, an evening of site-inspired original works responding to the striking concrete modernist design of City Hall and the democratic ideals that continue to animate it. Concrete Actions will unfold on Thursday, May 25th at Boston City Hall, from 5-9 p.m.

 

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About Women, The international Mail Art Project presents its complete collection for the first time in Barcelona. More than 2000 postcards sent by more than 500 artists and creatives from all over the world continue their itinerancy to continue generating bridges of communication and reflection between art and society.

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Guitar works now part of the permanent archive of The Ontological Museum, Santa Fe, NM. Under its umbrella are the International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction along with the Fluxmuseum. Thanks to Gary Bibb for the inclusion in his project

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“Arising at Iceland’s Reykjavik Art Museum. Yoko Ono Installation Project.

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Recent drawings are now in the exhibition and  collection of Osten World Gallery, Skopje. Macedonia. and International Drawing Competition Wroclaw.

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ENGLAND

 

31st May – 4th June 2017

Ellesmere College, Ellesmere, Shropshire,

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”I AM NOT HERE / Nectarios Stamatopoulos”   presented at the Drawing Lab at the RWA in Bristol.

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Aintree University Hospital . ‘Flora’ and

‘ liverpool photography’ Part of the Permanent Collection

WALES

Open Studio. at The Studio , Llanelltyd. Tynllan, LL40 2SU

by appointment.

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Theatre Clwyd. 29 April – 10  June

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Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy. Prints.

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Orie Plas Glyn y Weddw near Pwlllhelli. Prints.

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Galeri , Betws y Coed  New work

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Tonnau Welsh Art Pwllheli

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The White Room Gallery, Harlech

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Art in Education

CRB checked

“I’d just like to thank you for being such an inspirational, sympathetic,positive & funny tutor. I liked your sense of humour & enjoyed every minute of the course.”

. search word, interview .

. search results.

#thingschange

Q1.      Tell us about yourself.

Prompts:        Where did you go to school/college and/or University?

                        What did you study at college/University?

What were your career aspirations whilst at school/college/University?

I was born in Bournemouth, a long time ago, and moved up here about 16 years ago to Llanylltyd to retire.  I attended a college here for Art and Design and then about 11 years ago I started up self employed as a fine artist. ** Oh I wish I’d gone to university.**

Incorrect> #thingschange

I said that initially I had planned to go to Abertstwyth School of Art but for various reasons decided not to go.

Q2.      Can you confirm your name; your company name and in 2 or 3 words the nature of your business

Sonja Benskin Mesher; operates her works under personal name; Fine Art and Illustration                      

 

Q3.      Could you tell me about your business please?

Prompts:        Who are your customers?

                        How long has it been established

I’ve got my own artwork practice where I draw and work to commission and do work for exhibitions.  I do teaching and mentoring too.  I have been a curator of exhibitions and also work in a gallery

#thingschange

Section 2:     Motivation to starting a business

Q4.      What motivated you to start your own business?

Prompts:        What did you do before setting up the business?

It’s quite difficult to get employment from other people as an artist.  I think the only way you can do it is to set up your own practice.

Q5.      What gave you the idea for your business?

I remember that when I was about ten or twelve I was doing botanical drawings and I wanted to leave school at fifteen, which I could do in those days.   

I said that I had to leave school at 15 but I had wanted

to go on to sixth form and then to Art School but it wasn’t possible so I got a job.  It was only when I came here to Wales that I had the time and freedom to do it.

Section 3:     The Business

 

Q5.      Did you seek help to start up? If so, from who

I was offered help because when I left college I was signing on and they had incentives for people to become self employed and to have training.  I got funding for training and I did a master class down in Pembrokeshire. I think during my first year I had some benefit towards self-employment.  I also got a grant towards a website and a computer.  My family were very supportive also.

 

Q6.      How has the business developed with time?

Prompts:        How many do you employ? 

Expansion of business premises? 

Target markets beyond Wales?

 

The other night Paul Smith, the designer was saying, “to keep the work you want to do pure, in his opinion, you have to do other work to support it.”  I kind of get that.  To keep my art work to the genres that I want it to be and not to be working in a manner where I’m being commercial to sell work that I don’t believe in (because I want to believe in my work) I do other things to help support that.    I have employment because I work for the WEA and the WDA.

I also work with the WEA and the WDA

#thingschange

 

Q7.      What do you enjoy the most / find most challenging about being your own boss?

Prompts:        In hindsight, what do you wish you had known (skills/knowledge) when you started your business?

What was your biggest learning curve in setting up your business and growing your business

Taking a break when I want!  The freedom of it and not having to answer to anyone except myself.  When I achieve something I know that was down to me and it gives you a buzz.    Everything is a challenge!  Especially if I’m working for commission, I have to aim to please the person who’s paying me.  It’s also challenging to apply for exhibitions and galleries.

#thingschange

Q8.      What major setbacks/barriers have you overcome in starting your business?

 

Personal difficulties and trying to keep working through that.  And in the early days, because of the nature of the work you tend to get rejected quite a lot.  I mean, you can’t get accepted for everything, I know that now but in the early days when you’re rejected it’s quite difficult to come to terms with it.  But that’s the name of the game, once you’ve learnt that, you stop grumbling and get on with it!

Q9.     Do you have any advice or tips for young people or for those thinking of starting a business?

Prompts:       Did anyone inspire you?

On the whole I would suggest that they go for it.  But to have the backing of your family and friends, to have people you can talk to about it, particularly people like Business Eye, or for artists there’s Cultural Enterprise. #thingschange

If you can get a business mentor that’s good.  Be realistic.  Look at an idea objectively, do your research and talk it over with someone who isn’t directly involved.

 

Section 4:     The Presentation

Q10.    Could you tell me a little about the content of your presentation and the format of the sessions with young people?

Prompts:        What style of presentation or format to the sessions do you normally use?

Does your style vary when working with young people from different ages (e.g year 9, A Level and colleges)?

I’d normally introduce myself, mentioning local places so that I can relate with them, but keeping it short because young people do get bored quickly.  I like them to ask questions and I usually do excercises like brainstorming in groups on ideas and work out how they would have more than one string to their bow.

Conclusion

 

Q11.    If possible, could you please pass on a photograph of yourself along with a company logo please?

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Q12.    Can I check your contact details please?

E-mail             ….sonja@sonja-benskin-mesher.com………