Methodology, Mountain And Memorial

11 Jun
mel june 2016

Melanie Ezra with some of her automata


South Wales is so full of talented artists, despite the poor economy and our relative isolation on the Western fringes of Europe – or maybe because of it. Property is cheap and there’s an intensity and freedom to be had from being so far from the frenetic centre of the art establishment in London. Husb and I went to the opening of Melanie Ezra’s new exhibition, Methodology, at The Workers Gallery in Ynyshir in the Rhondda Valley. I love The Workers Gallery. Started by illustrator Gale Rogers and sculptor Chris Williams about 18 months ago it continues defiantly in an area of immense social and economic deprivation, receiving no public funding, building a stable of enthusiastic and eclectic artists across the area. It was lovely there this afternoon, with lashings of tea and Welsh cakes. I also met up with some fellow artists who follow this blog and had some great conversations with them. About art of course 😀



My favourite trainers overwhelmed by wild flowers


The image that many people have of Wales is one of post industrial dereliction but what avaricious industrialists once destroyed, nature has reclaimed and the mountains and valleys are now breathtakingly beautiful and can stand comparison with anywhere in Europe. We drove back across the mountain via Treherbert and stopped at a viewing spot above Llyn Fawr, a carpet of wild flowers spilled over my feet.



The memorials above Llyn Fawr


People have constructed memorials at the edge of the mountain, looking across the valley. This resonates with so much of my work, from Yr Helfa (The Hunt) about the ancient Neolithic ancestral stones I have been drawing in recent months; to last year’s series, Er Gôf, based on the Holocaust Memorial; from the currently ongoing drawn portraits of Baby Boomers, to the series of monotypes, Warrior, working with a young Welsh soldier – so much of my art is about loss, mortality and memory.


I’m currently working on a series of expressive drawings of ancestral sites and if you want to see some of my other artworks, please click here.

5 Responses to “Methodology, Mountain And Memorial”

  1. Susie Liddle June 12, 2016 at 08:28 #

    Hooray for artists who don’t trot out ‘art speak’ …..we called it artbollo**s at college. And hooray for Wales. I am not Welsh but have lived here for 45 years and just love everything around me. I must get to see more of the South…it too looks stunning like my beautiful North Wales. You have a vibrant and exciting art scene down there and Melanie’s automata look fascinating. I will look on her website to see more of her work…

    • Rosie Scribblah June 12, 2016 at 09:10 #

      Hahahaha 😁 that’s what I call it too! Please do come and visit South Wales, it’s lovely here and loads of art going on. Husb and I spent our honeymoon in North Wales. We went to the slate mine in Blaenau Ffestiniog – brilliant. There’s romantic isn’t it?

  2. Alli Farkas June 12, 2016 at 00:33 #

    Always interesting to hear the “back story”. So many artists get stuck in “art speak” and can’t give a clear picture (yes, punny) of what they’re doing and why.

    • Rosie Scribblah June 12, 2016 at 05:55 #

      Thanks Alli. I hate artspeak, I think it’s elitist and exclusive and so unnecessary. I wonder if it’s to cover up that they don’t actually know what they’re doing.

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