New Exhibition – “Time to Care” – Juanita Humphris

This exhibition will develop and change over the four weeks it spends in our feature window. Keep coming back to see what changes!

Juanita Humphris’ passion for papiér mâché began when, many years ago, she acquired a hand operated machine that made logs out of waste paper for burning on the fire.  The log making process involved ripping up paper and soaking it overnight in water, loading the resultant pulp into the machine, squeezing the water back out of it, and leaving the log to dry. Somewhere in this process, Juanita suddenly realised that she was making papiér mâché, and a whole new world of creativity and “making” opened up to her.

Since moving to West Wales over twenty years ago, Juanita has researched and experimented with different ingredients and mixes and as the world of papiér mâché and its ancient traditions began to reveal itself to her, and she really began to appreciate the medium’s wonderful versatility and adaptability  – realising that she could make almost anything with it.  Shapes, creatures, objects, beings, animals were all calling to be brought forth from this pulp. In her own words, Juanita says “I was hooked and I have been ever since.”

In this exhibition “Time to Care”, Juanita combines the warmly traditional imagery of childhood summers, carefree days of fun and laughter by the sea, rock pools, sand between the toes, the raucous cackle of seagulls, summer meadows filled with the aroma of flowers and the call of a curlew off in the middle distance as the dusk began to creep it’s fingers over the evening. However, all may not be as idyllic as it seems, as this exhibition will develop and change over the four weeks it spends in our feature window. Keep coming back to see what changes!

The exhibition “Time to Care” runs from Tuesday, May 14th until Saturday, June 8th in our feature window at Oriel Bevan Jones Gallery, King Street Carmarthen.

Oriel Bevan Jones Gallery, 24 King Street, Carmarthen is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10.00 am until 5.00 pm. Admission is free.

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