3 February - 17 March 2024
"I paint objects as I think them not as I see them"
Opening on the 3 February is our new headline exhibition 'A Table by the Sea'. Set to unveil a collection of original still life paintings by Marissa Weatherhead which explores the notion of 'the table' as a performative space and a vessel for memory.
Marissa holds an MA from the Royal College of Art in London, alongside a first class BA in Fine Art from Gloucestershire College of Art and Design. Marissa has exhibited internationally including the Vennice Biennale, she was awarded the John Minton Award and has a commissioned piece hanging in the Guildhall at Londons' Barbican which is held in the Arthur Anderson Collection.
The theme and title for Marissa's upcoming show was heavily inspired by a residency she took part in which took her to the Spanish Coast. Her time by the coast heavily inspired her practice. Each painting is filled with vibrant and expressive coastal motifs and in situ drawings of shells, boats, harbours and interiors. 'The Table' in her paintings becomes a tool for her and us to connect with memory and place. We asked Marissa about her life as an artist and delved deeper into the theme which run through her practice.
Where did your artistic interest in the table come from?
The table started out as a compositional surface and over time became more dominant in its presence as a ‘stage’, a set or theatre that holds the objects in a moment of drama and like a photograph needs to finds its composition and centre to make the characters work. The objects are chosen for their sense of association that can take us beyond the mere moment of looking.