Two arresting exhibitions at the Plough this November will be worth a visit.
THE Constructed Female by painter Richard Meyer explores the beauty of imperfection. It starts from the premise that none of us is perfect so we often seek to improve the cards we were dealt. Even Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor did.
Throughout history tribes have adorned and changed their bodies. These days, how we go about redefining ourselves drives worldwide fashion and cosmetic industries.
Richard brings a male painterly eye to such analysis, relating it to his earlier career as a zoologist studying sexual attraction in the breeding of rare and endangered species.
Paul Jackson's Ceramics, meanwhile, follows two major themes: the juxtaposition of life drawing and the vessel, and abstraction and the vessel. All of his ceramics are initiated on the wheel, although extensively altered to give them form. In turn the surface becomes a canvas to explore these themes, the pictorial decoration bends and moves with the pot, encouraging the viewer to follow the image round.
Both exhibitions run at the Plough Arts Centre, Torrington from Friday, November 1 to Saturday, November 23. Box office: 01805 624624.