Fiona Fouhy: Scratching the Surface – explorations in chalk

04 Mar 2017 - 26 Mar 2017

In this new body of work Fiona Fouhy uses Margate chalk to draw, paint and print with. Her explorations into the subject of chalk have led her down pathways into neuroscience and micropaleontology, hence her sense of only knowing a little on a broad topic.

Fiona Fouhy will be in Lombard Street Gallery on Saturday 11 March 2017 to give a talk about her work. Discover how Fiona has made her mark in the world of printmaking, her influences and process and built a devoted following of collectors. This is scheduled to coincide with POW! Thanet International Women's Week (POW stands for Power of Women), a Thanet wide initiative of arts related events, talks and workshops which are open to all.  The talk is expected to last for 40 minutes, followed by an opportunity to ask questions.   After this there will be an informal meet the artist, an opportunity to view the work and have a glass of wine. This is a free, but bookable event, see to reserve your place.

Artists Talk and Meet the Artist event with Fiona Fouhy: 2.30 to 3.30pm Saturday 11 March 2017 free, but needs to be booked via or at Lombard Street Gallery

Fiona Fouhy Walk: pick up a leaflet in Lombard Street Gallery to follow in Fiona's footsteps and discover the landscapes that inspire her.

As in much of her practice, it is concerned with a specific place, in this case, the stretch of beaches between Margate and Broadstairs, an area with which she has a lifetime association. Fouhy realised that her close proximity to the cliffs – the salty smell, the cold dampness – produce a physical reaction in her; a strong affinity with the place. ‘There is a pull of place that operates on each of us.’ Fouhy has been interested to find out more about the human sense of ‘place’ and the brain’s ability to ‘know’ where it is in the world. On hearing Richard Morris speaking about his mouse ‘water maze’ and the region in the brain that enables us to sense places (in the hippocampus), Fouhy has chosen to include elements of these ideas in her work.

The way that chalk is formed is on both an historically epic and physically microscopic scale. It can be viewed through a powerful microscope to see the tiny nanofossils (coccolithophores) of which it is made up and it can also be seen in large phytoplankton blooms in the sea from outer space. ‘Chalk was laid down on the bed of epicontinental seas at a rate of about 1mm per century over a period of about 35 million years. Chalk is the dominant formation of South Eastern England and it has influenced the industry, architecture and imagination of that region for thousands of years.’[2]

Fouhy’s approach to making work is experimental, using ink that has been hand made with Margate chalk pigment and allowing chance occurrences to form part of the process. She uses methods of embossing paper, mono printing and drawing as well as washing surfaces with ground-up chalk powder and water.

Print for Margate Caves
Fiona is producing an image to be sold with proceeds going to support Margate Caves. All work will be presented as signed original pieces, perfectly placed within the calm interior and available to purchase from Lombard Street Gallery.

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