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Local artist Mariette Voke paints the past and draws the future

From the 2nd November until 15th December 2013, local artist Mariette Voke will be exhibiting her colourful and memory evoking paintings at the Dean Heritage Centre.

A self-confessed hoarder with a compulsion to record and catalogue life, Mariette made her move to painting from a twenty year career in large scale garden ceramics. Drawn to it by a love of colours, it is clear by her creations that she has a great love for depicting different textures, pleats, creases and imperfections, relishing the opportunity to focus on the small details of each piece.

Based in her studio shed in Drybrook, Mariette can spend hours, weeks and months producing each painting, often working into the night on several at a time. Canvasses are home stretched using raw linen, fixed with tacks and sized with rabbit skin glue.

Commenting on her artwork, Mariette said: “I love painting clothing, linking each garment with objects, to tell stories about where a dress came from or what happened on the day it was worn. I feel the poignancy of a dress on a hanger can be as evocative as a photograph. Through the way things wear, a frayed collar, pulled thread or lost button, feelings and moments in time can be recalled.”

The week running up to Mariette’s exhibition, (Monday 28th October until Friday 1st November) is the DHC’s ‘Big Draw’ week and the Centre is encouraging visitors to use artefacts from their collection to inspire them in drawing the future. Featuring local artists, including Mariette Voke on the Friday, the DHC’s ‘Big Draw Week’ will give potential Picasso’s the chance to learn new drawing skills and get creative imagining what the Centre and its artefacts will look like in 100 years’ time.

The ‘Big Draw’ campaign is celebrated in fifteen countries every October and over 200,000 people take part every year. The purpose of the campaign is to highlight the importance of drawing by encouraging people to see, think, invent and take action.

For more information about events at the Centre, please visit the website or call 01594 822170.

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28 October 2013

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