13th June – 11th July 2020
An Exhibition of Paintings by Ann McCay
The work in this exhibition explores how reality becomes entangled with our memory and imagination. Remembered events and emotions cluster around places giving them a depth, richness and meaning.
The places that feature in these paintings are my garden and its shed, Rectory Wood, The Haberdashery Shop, Barbara Hepworth’s shed in her St.Ives garden, a potato house, a derelict cottage, a room in Tangiers and my local riverbank.
All these places evoke memories of childhood when experiences are vivid and free of adult preconceptions. They are seeds around which images from different times and locations gather in a parallel world of reverie.
“Therefore, the places in which we have experienced daydreaming reconstitute themselves in a new daydream, and it is because our memories of former dwelling-places are relived as daydreams those dwelling-places of the past remain in us for all time.”
From The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard