SINGING WITH THE TIDE
Sunday 8th May – Friday 3rd June, 2022
Katie Lindsay Gallery is delighted to present ‘Singing with the Tide’; new paintings by Betsy Bradley. This is the second solo show by Betsy Bradley, after her celebrated show at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham.
Betsy Bradley regards painting as a life force; a direct outlet for recording the invisible energy that connects us with the world. Having viewed her work as a dance between body and mind, thought and action, in this exhibition she considers painting as singing with the natural shifts that exist all around. The dancing of sunlight through the trees, the recent reappearance of the swallows, the tide. As an artist who interacts directly with her current surroundings, she engages in a natural and intuitive conversation with the local environment.
To sing with the tide is to joyfully embrace the uncontrollable, the impermanent. The tide moves with a life of its own. In her paintings, Bradley works playfully with the unpredictable; harmonising with elements that are beyond her control by pouring sea water over the surface, or using fabrics whose natural qualities give surprising effects, inviting the play of light. By letting go of expectations there are always discoveries to be made. This fluid approach is translated through intuitive movements of the body; dynamic gestures that take on a life of their own. When we tune in to the motion of all things, we can live more lightly. It is hoped that these works will share this liberating energy with the viewer, inviting us to notice the transient magic of in all phenomena.