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New work by Emma Biggs & Matthew Collings
13th - 23rd Oct 2010

Private View 12th October 6 - 9pm


The Charlie Dutton Gallery in association with the Fine Art Society are honoured to present 'Mudlark', new work by artists Emma Biggs and Matthew Collings.


A mudlark is someone who collects objects from the Thames. Two centuries ago desperation forced society’s most impoverished – mostly women and children -- to make a living this way. It was a dangerous and an unsanitary way of life – sewers emptied directly into the river, and both human and animal corpses were frequently found on the foreshore.


Biggs and Collings continue a theme addressed in their work – their belief that the realm of art experience often referred to using terms like ‘abstraction’, ‘form’ or ‘aesthetics’ never develops in a void, but always relates directly to economics, work and community. That is, a sense of beauty expresses society’s changing understanding of reality. Nineteenth century engineers used industrial waste – broken ceramic, brick and glass -- to shore up the banks of the Thames. Biggs and Collings have used these found objects – rich in social history – and transformed them. When art heightens the visual nature of an object it seduces you into re-seeing it, and then you automatically start re-thinking it. Think of history as a set of objects.


We don’t know what lies beneath our feet. History is all about forgetting and re-finding. Mudlark is about changing reality. A tangle of beams, shards and diamond shapes creates a quirky installation that makes us re-see the ordinary and the overlooked. Emma Biggs is an artist and mosaicist and writes about mosaic. Her blog www.mosaic-blog has an international readership. Matthew Collings is an artist, broadcaster and writer on art. He writes a monthly diary for the art magazine ‘Modern Painters’. He is currently making a series on Renaissance painting for the BBC

Matt arriving late with painting!



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