THE WELL WORN

Isabella Dora Dyson

09 Feb 2015 - 27 Feb 2015
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Is the mundane object worthy of being called art? That is the question at the heart of this collection of new works by Isabella Dora Dyson.

Working in watercolour, gouache and ink, Dyson produces thoughtful studies of household objects. Ubiquitous and with a singular function, this is displayed most effectively in a recent series focusing on kitchen utensils.

Working in a muted colour palette, 'The Well Worn' brings to mind the subtle tonality of Giorgio Moranidi's Still Lives. Inspiration is also drawn from Jim Dine's 'Tools', intricate studies that stand as a symbol of artistic creation.

Dine described his tools as providing a link with 'our past, the human past, the hand', a sentiment that clearly resonates here. The title itself refers to the marks of overuse, inherent in such items, which over time add character and tell a story, displaying as Dyson describes it, 'their place in time'.