ADVENTurous is an open submission exhibition exploring the christmas narrative, which we're staging in 3 UK venues during advent this year : at Engedi in Colwyn Bay, Leftbank in Leeds and the Union Chapel in Islington, London.

The work exhibited at Union Chapel will also be part of the one-day ‘ADVENTurous' conference, hosted by Greenbelt Festival and partners.

On this blog we'll be posting regular updates about how plans for the Leftbank Leeds show are progressing, with information about the contributing artists, and possibly some previews of the work being created for the exhibition...

Friday, December 14, 2012

'12 Exaltations of Elizabeth (Diary of a pregnant pensioner)’ by Alison Herbert

'12 Exaltations of Elizabeth (Diary of a pregnant pensioner)’ is a sculptural handmade book. It is
a humourous account reading between the lines of the Gospels of Luke and John concerning 
Elizabeth’s pregnancy with John the Baptist. It plays on Elizabeth’s inner thoughts giving the story 
a modern narrative.

I am interested in the positive effects creativity can have on a person’s emotional health and 
wellbeing whether in counselling or as a therapeutic activity in exploring, expressing and 
managing emotions. Creativity can promote and empower personal strategies, acting as a 
curative power. As a process artist my work is a combination of my thoughts, reactions and 
reflections of the complex issues that I am presented with in therapy and life. I work with a 
variety of methods and media such as drawing, painting, sculpture, textual, handmade and 
self-published books. The relationship of the materials and subject are dependent on the 
subject, my disposition, environment, time, complexity and strength of what I am working 
through. The artwork acts as psychological expressions of my mental thought processes 
but can be ambiguous in content and not necessarily reflecting the conflicting subject matter. 
It’s very concerned with aesthetics which I feel is important in attaining closure for the difficult 
thought processes, like a false or altered memory presented in a more manageable format.

Handmade book

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