SURFACE WORK, an exhibition by Scots artist Roanne O Donnell at Toro Spacio Ronda 31st May - 1st July 2018 consisted of brooding textured graphite drawings and paintings that refer to the coal mining tradition in Scottish mines of the artist’s family. Alongside the drawings she showed photographs with biographical descriptions of the strong women and others in her family who bore and supported the coal miners.
British performance artist Clare Carswell made a performance work, BLOW, in response to the exhibition on Friday 29th June. Clare says of the experience “Roanne and I are both Celts and share a sense of respect for the struggles our ancestors faced as migrants settling in the British Isles. Both pieces of work, Roanne's exhibition and my performance, act as contemporary response and revelation of a history that is disappearing as well as an homage to our family histories and an affirmation of the bond that she and I share as artists and friends.” Clare Carswell 2018
With thanks to Claudio Carrillo Godino at Toro Spacio. Thank you to Mario Martin photographer at Foto Estudio Juan Manuel Ronda. In the U.K. thanks to Helen Richardson Couture for my costume and to @hiddenbeautyoxfordshire for my nails. Clare.