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Tanya Rotherfield - In The Spotlight

King Street Gallery is showcasing their printmaking member Tanya Rotherfield in the Spotlight Room this October. Tanya's prints are highly detailed, delicate depictions that tell a story through thought provoking imagery.

‘Filling the Void’ is a new series of works created as a direct response to the unexpected social lockdowns of 2020/21.

I decided at the being of the lockdowns that I would make this time productive so that I could look back on it with some positivity. Filling the Void is a pictorial interpretation of the slowing down of life during lockdown where travelling to work, shopping and visiting people were replaced by alternative daily commitments of a morning walk around the park, tending the allotment, working from home and learning to play the melodeon. Having had this unexpected period of time to reflect on my life, I have realised the importance of my faith and our guardianship of this beautiful planet. These images show empty shapes being filled by new interests that initiate consequential interactions with the surrounding environment.

‘Guardians’ is another new series of works that run in parallel to ‘Filling the Void’. These images depict our lack of commitment to the guardianship of planet earth and my concern at the prevailing sense of personal entitlement to have and do whatever we want with little or no regard to the environmental consequences.

The fish, pangolin, turtles, lizards, dodos and egrets in my images represent some of the creatures that would benefit from the positive change we could make by using our buying power to reduce packaging, promote animal welfare and move the world economy away from continual growth and towards long term sustainability. The wooden houses on ever lengthening stilts echo the race against rising sea levels.

All my images start life in my sketch book and are then drawn to full scale, reversed and transferred to lino or wood plates. Most of my images are made up of three or more plates.
Open Tues - Sat 10.30am - 4pm Free
King Street Gallery, 33 King Street, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire SA31 1BS
Tue 5 Oct 2021 to Sat 30 Oct 2021
Contact telephone: 01267220121 Call to check latest times or cancellations.
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