An exhibition of work by Mark Waite and Zoë Barker
17 – 28 November
The difference between what is considered commonplace and what is exotic is only a matter of perspective. While their choices of media may differ, painter Mark Waite and photographer Zoë Barker share the same delight in exploring the minutiae of the ordinary world around them. As if peering through a microscope, their images invite the viewer into a rarely-observed universe where interest, beauty and even the bizarre can be found in the smallest and most ordinary of details.
A fall from grace pervades Mark Waite’s series of paintings and drawings. His watercolours of masonry from monastic buildings trace the power shift during the 16th Century from the Catholic Church to the Monarchy. His striking portraits of dolls’ heads, detailing their hand-painted features, reveal the damage and blemishes accrued over years of play and neglect. His other works focus on ‘ghost town’ survivals in the form of abandoned stores and houses, as well as sheds and huts that have fallen into disuse.
Zoë Barker is a great believer in the particular qualities of film and shoots with medium and large format cameras. Her love for capturing the beauty of the everyday draws her instinctively to dated or run-down locations, with a particular focus on domestic interiors and typically ‘English’ exteriors – static caravans, beach huts, barns and sheds. Inspired by Mark’s paintings of dolls’ house furniture, she has for the first time translated her passion for domestic interiors into the miniature, capturing the curious world of the dolls’ house.
This exhibition brings the work of Mark Waite and Zoë Barker together for the first time.