East Devon artist’s work to be displayed in Topsham

PUBLISHED: 07:46 06 November 2010

Picture by Priscilla Trenchard

Picture by Priscilla Trenchard


The East Devon Pebblebeds Project has inspired artist Priscilla Trenchard, with her work going on display in Topsham.

Priscilla Trenchard

Local artist Priscilla Trenchard will be exhibiting her work at The Café, Fore Street, Topsham, later this month.

Priscilla trained as a graphic designer and worked abroad for many years. She has returned to the familiar East Devon landscape of her childhood.

This connection with landscape now informs her visual work. She recently completed an MA in Multi Disciplinary Print at the University of the West of England, which enabled her to explore interactions between memory, place and identity. She has been artist in residence at the Pebblebeds Project investigating the archaeological and historic landscapes of East Devon. The Pebblebeds Project gave her ‘hands on’ experience of an archaeological dig and the opportunity to work directly with landscape debris.

Priscilla’s current work features mixed-media and abstract paintings that reflect the layers and textures of the landscape. The paintings are successively built-up and rubbed down revealing layers of material and, in the process, undergoing constant transformations. The paintings are as much about what emerges from the material as they are about the intentions of the artist. Priscilla often embellishes her paintings with drawings and incorporates found objects. The paintings have a multi-dimensional map-like quality which leaves them open to interpretation by those who view them.

The Café is open Monday to Saturday, 9.30am until 4.45pm and the exhibition runs from November 15 to December 11.

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