They sail across the mirrored sea

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They Sail across the Mirrored Sea

9 -22 August.  St Johns, Liverpool

This exhibition brings together artists under the banner of SCI, whose collective aim is to connect with similar artists. The artists met though international programmes and exhibitions, maintaining a strong relationship with each other and continue to collaborate with others.
Forming a part of the Independents Biennial, the artists have each hosted exhibitions or projects that have provided opportunities for others
Exhibiting artists: Jackie Berridge, Michael Borkowsky, Debra Eck, Catherine Harrison, Jacqueline F Kerr, Sharon Mossbeck, Artemis Potamianou, Alison Whitmore and Wendy Williams
Jackie Berridge, a Nottingham based artist, exhibits nationally and internationally. In 2017 she had solo shows at the Rabley Contemporary Drawing Centre, Marlborough and the Tarpey Gallery (which featured in the Guardian). This year Jackie was also invited to show in Seoul, Athens and London. A solo show at Winchester College gallery is programmed in for 2019.
She is Director of Harrington Mill Studios.

Michael Borkowsky is a Sheffield based artist exploring scent as a way of communicating. His ongoing project, entitled Perfume as Practice, sees Michael utilise the craft of perfumery and, through an established method of interpretation and investigation, create portraits that capture the essence of the subject. Perfume as Practice has taken the guise of exhibitions, residencies and workshops throughout the UK and internationally.

Debra Eck is an internationally exhibited book and installation artist who works primarily with paper, text and thread. Originally from Essex in the UK, she has lived and worked in Western New York for over 20 years. She received a BFA in painting from the University at Buffalo and an MA in Visual Culture from the University of Northumbria in Newcastle (UK).  She teaches as an adjunct at Jamestown Community College and SUNY Fredonia, and for many other arts and cultural organizations.

Catherine Harrison is inspired by history, decay, cycles, nature, meaning and symbolism and these themes are referenced in her work. There is a clear interest in alchemy and how a variety of metals can be changed and manipulated through various corrosive chemicals and forces.

Jacqueline F Kerr is a Liverpool based artist specialising in printmaking. Her mixed media work represents a visual travelogue.

Sharon Mossbeck is a UK based Conceptual Artist. Her work focuses on themes of death and religion, with other influences coming from medicine and history. Mossbeck’s atheist beliefs spark a fascination with religion, and her work is perhaps best understood as exploring and questioning how it must be to have faith, in stark opposition to her own views on what happens after death. In a broader sense, these themes extend to work based on the sea and ancient myths

Artemis Potamianou is an artist and curator who is currently based in Athens. Potamianou has had (21) one-person exhibitions and she has participated in more than100 group shows (1st Biennale of Thessalonica, the BIDA – Biennale of Spain, 3rd Athens Biennale, Vista Mare Foundation (Pescara), International Young Art 2002: Sotheby’ s Amsterdam, Sotheby’ s Tel Aviv, Sotheby’ s Moscow, Biennale Internazionale Dell’ Arte Contemporanea (Florence) and Open 15 – International Exhibition,(Venice) etc.) She has curated more than 50 exhibitions of important artists of international scene. She has curated solo and retrospective exhibitions of Joseph Beuys, Terry Atkinson, Peter Greenaway, Candice Brietz, Guerrilla Girls, etc. Potamianou is the Director and founder of Platforms Project – Independent Art Fair of Athens. She is the radio presenter and producer of Art Therapy, a radio talk-show about visual art at Beton7 radio since 2011

Alison Whitmore is based in Nottingham. Her found objects and personal treasures are elevated into ‘valuable’ artefacts through the visual language of religious pieces and reliquary. Using the language of 3 dimensions, she alludes to aspects of human experience; life, love and death. By contemplating what signifies value, she challenges the societal notions of monetary worth, and analyses her relationship to objects on which she has conferred meaning and value.

Wendy Williams set up SCI in 2011 and is curating this exhibition. Based at Alternator studio on the Wirral, she has exhibited both nationally and Internationally showing her installations and handmade books.

The exhibition title They sail across the Mirrored Sea is taken from the poem by Wendy Chen.
Exhibition image courtesy of Alison Whitmore

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