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Dreaming the thaw by Sue Blandford

6TH Dulwich Library exhibition by SLWA 

Finally it’s here! This SLWA exhibition features a selection of diverse work based on the quote from the text of the contemporary mythologist Joseph Campbell.

Water Snakes, After Klimt by Melissa Budasz

(The quote and the exhibition title: Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths).

Campbell believed that if myths are to sustain their vital functions in the world today, they have to continually transform and evolve to address the realities of contemporary life. Drawing on dreams, the unconscious and intuition, this show explores how art reflects the changing world around us.

The theme was the idea of artist Melissa Budasz, who, with fellow SLWA artists Eithne Twomey and Beata Kozlowska has brought together the visual art of story telling in the library.

The selection panel was made up of art and design specialist Sophie Leach, Editor of AD Magazine (a NSEAD publication) alongside Minna Georgieva George, artist and curator and Beatty Hallas, artist and curator of the annual art show Flourish. All three were enthusiastic about the quality of work submitted and almost unanimous in the work they selected.

Dreams, by Jacqueline Merry Bernard

One of the selectors, Beatty Hallas, has this to say:

“Dreams are glimpses, through haze or in bright contour. These works are also glimpses: we catch sight of visions and lives. From the grandeur of Arcadia to the glint of a paddling shrimp, the wonderful supernatural and unexplained shine out in a treasure trail of encounters. ‘Stonescape’ invites you in to its smoggy atmosphere; ‘Anima magic’ pushes you out with a face to face confrontation.

Science fiction, fairytales and drifting imaginations puncture the works. Still frames: of night, of exploration, of hope and desire. Serpentine fractures of the earth sit alongside a cobweb fairy jacket. With all that the mythical Arcadia conjures up, it is also a real place in modern day Greece. So, this selection flips between the magical and plausible”.

Melissa Budasz talks about why she organised this show:

Never-ending Story, by Beata Kozlowska

“The quote used for the title of this show from Joseph Campbell, has played about in my mind for years. The connections between comparative myths are central to the basis of my practice and the way in which I make sense of this visual translation and exchange into abstraction, in essence the storytelling, is key to my work.

It is serendipity to me that the show is held in the library, a marriage of art and stories – we learn through storytelling passed down for generations giving us both a historical perspective combined with underlying truths of what it is to be human in an ever changing and transient world. Our dreams become our private myths and myths are the public dreams.

The library is not an easy space for the artist to show in, work is displayed on bookends not walls and alas only 2-D works can be hung. Somehow, despite this idiosyncrasy, it works. This is a special show. It not only actively supports libraries under threat; it also coincides with the 101st International Women’s Day by celebrating the wonderful and diverse talent of women artists in South London. SLWA’s thanks once again go to Dulwich Library for being our host”.

Arcadia, by Moira Jarvis

SLWA are holding a special event on Sunday 18th March from 12.30 to 4.00pm, which includes activities for children, a performance and artist led talks.

We are also organising visits for schools every Wednesday 1.30 to 3.30pm. The exhibition runs from 4 – 31 March 2012.

Private View on Thursday 8 March from 8 to 10pm.

Dulwich Library, 368 Lordship Lane, SE22 8NB. Open:  Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri 9am to 8pm, Tues 10am to 8pm, Sat 9am to 5pm, Sun 12pm to 4pm.