Cally Trench’s Faces are an ever-growing collection of lifesize drawings of the faces of her friends and family. The drawings are based on photographs taken of each person, lying on their back and looking directly at the camera. The disembodied heads stare coolly at the viewer as if from their bed of sickness or death; gravity pulls back their flesh, and they look as if they were flying off the paper into the wind.
From a distance, the faces seem to observe the viewer and wait for an approach. Close to, the individual ink marks, dots, lines, squiggles and cross hatching become obvious. Cally perceives the task of translating the photographs into ink drawings as similar to that of an engraver in the 18th and 19th century translating oil paintings into engravings.
Cally is hosting a private view of Faces on Saturday 15 July from 2 – 4pm and would be delighted to meet visitors to the exhibition.
Saturday 29 July and Monday 31 July, 11am – 12.30 & 1 – 3.30pm
Cally will be present in her exhibition, working on a new drawing and willing to answer questions about her work. Do drop in to see her!