Letting it settle is an exhibition of new work by hyphæ drawing collective: a group of ten artists who all place drawing at the heart of their creative practice. This show gathers together drawings that emerged from six weeks of intensive remote collaboration. The collective met online during the lockdown of early 2021, through the Drawing Correspondence development programme. Gradually this shared work evolved into a community based on mutual support and joint explorations of drawing and of what it might become for each. They borrow their name, hyphæ, from the branching filaments of fungus that form the mycelium – a buried web of communication and nourishment between the trees in a forest. Letting it settle is a first union of drawings made while physically separate, but regularly present in the practice of drawing together. Online co-presence, and the conversations and connections it allowed to flourish, became the basis of a shared space of vulnerability and trust, within which experiments and new growth could happen. These drawings can be seen as material thoughts, silting into an organic substrate, an understory. Affinities of touch and sensibility emerge. Charcoal, graphite, ink; marks, scratches and layers – together these form a tangle of resonances, accumulations and drifts of pigment and ideas, sub-plots and strands that connect each to the other. They very much appreciate your attention.
Drop in at any time for a chat, a cup of tea, and to draw together, if you’d enjoy that. Many of the artists will be present (in person and remotely via Zoom) on the afternoon of Saturday 11th. Come and meet them and ask questions!
hyphæ drawing collective are:
Aileen Harvey @harveyaileen https://instagram.com/harveyaileen
Anna Rhodes @anna_rhodes__ https://instagram.com/anna_rhodes__
Edward Martin @edwardmartinart https://instagram.com/edwardmartinart Hondartza Fraga @hondartza.fraga https://instagram.com/hondartza.fraga
Kim Plowright @mildlydiverting https://instagram.com/mildlydiverting
Liz Horn @_lizhorn_ https://instagram.com/_lizhorn_
Nichola Scrutton @nic_scrutton https://instagram.com/nic_scrutton
Petra Regent @petra_regent https://instagram.com/petra_regent
Ruth Broadbent @ruth_broadbent https://instagram.com/ruth_broadbent
Sarah Praill @sarahpraill https://instagram.com/sarahpraill