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Antonia Bruce 'Heartland' at Art Jericho

23 April-31 May. A contemporary exhibition of work by a local Oxford artist that will run through Artweeks


The corn stalks tower above you and there is a sense of dance that Antonia captures in her Cyanotypes

There are some really wonderful works which are large scale to creating what will be an installation of corn cobs that will surround the viewer in the gallery so that one has the sense of standing in a field of corn.

Antonia Bruce has been working as part of an artists' cooperative between Mexico and UK

where artists have responded to 'First Foods'. First Food encompasses the basic grains and bean families that are grown in Mexico (and elsewhere), and that right for everyman to have his own plot to grow food for his family.

Threatened by global corporations that tip the balance of bio diversity, encouragingly the United Nations recently declared that the way forward to feed the world was through small organic farms. At a time when we are becoming increasingly concerned about our food and what is in it, it is great to have this directive.


 

It should be noted also that the UN ruled that Monsanto should not be allowed to buy 600,000 hectares of land in Mexico to grow Genetically Modified grains which endanger the natural diversity of crops that have evolved over 7,000 years.

Interesting stuff! But first and foremost this is a really truly beautiful contemporary exhibition of work by a local Oxford artist that will run through Artweeks.

Antonia Bruce has twice been shown at Art Jericho, and on each occasion her work has been based around movement, incorporating an element of film. The corn stalks tower above you and there is a sense of dance that Antonia captures in her Cyanotypes. Cyanotypes are made using a photographic process. The corn is laid onto watercolour that has been painted with a solution of iron compounds and the image is developed using daylight. Since time immemorial rituals, dance and offerings have celebrated the growing and harvesting of crops since mankind first started to cultivate food, and Antonia Bruce's 'Heart' is a made up of milagritos (small brass prayers) that are still offered in churches across Mexico.

 

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