JOURNAL

'COSMONAUT' at DDA Gallery - A SOLO EXHIBITION OF WORK BY CHRISTINA PEAKE

By christinaillenapeake, Sep 19 2019 01:32PM

'COSMONAUT' exhibition poster
'COSMONAUT' exhibition poster
Deptford Does Art Gallery
Deptford Does Art Gallery
Deptford Does Art Gallery
Deptford Does Art Gallery
Deptford Does Art Gallery
Deptford Does Art Gallery
Deptford Does Art Gallery - WATW sculptures
Deptford Does Art Gallery - WATW sculptures
'Dream Home', 2019
'Dream Home', 2019
'Call of the Wild', 2019
'Call of the Wild', 2019
'Who bound GG (Gorgeous Girl)?', 2019
'Who bound GG (Gorgeous Girl)?', 2019
'Gimme the Keys Pete... Slooowly!', 2019
'Gimme the Keys Pete... Slooowly!', 2019
'Moloka', 2019
'Moloka', 2019
'Amazonas VIII', 2019
'Amazonas VIII', 2019
'Amazonas VII', 2019
'Amazonas VII', 2019
'Plastic Fantastic', 2019
'Plastic Fantastic', 2019
'Rainforest I', 2019
'Rainforest I', 2019
'The Malarai in the Time of Man', 2019
'The Malarai in the Time of Man', 2019
'See it. Kill it. II', 2019
'See it. Kill it. II', 2019
'Banana Tree', 2019
'Banana Tree', 2019
'Raging Gods', 2019
'Raging Gods', 2019

This was my first solo show and I don't think I have ever been so anxious to show work in my life. You never really hear about childcare or considertion of its provision for the artist in the creative industries but without my family for support I don't know how I would of done it plus the support of friends, again, whose support and encouragement was infectious so didn't completely crap it when the private view came along.


To see all the work up that had only previous occupied the studio and my laptop brought the biggest smile to my face. I was so proud of myself and the gallery was incredibly supportive. A couple who intensively invest and care about the arts community in their area. They have lots of amazing pieces from fashion to jewellery to buy so if you find yourself in Deptford check them out. Also there are some amazing African fabric shops that I have to go back and visit.


There are plans for the sculptures to shown at WATW so that the women can see them and I hope thats the case as they really were inspirational although I have to admit that it was one of the hardest projects I have ever taken on.


Wierd that I worked close to makng myself ill but now I want to plan a second one but first have to find the projects to inform the next show. Another lesson I learned that the field work is everything and the stories are authentic because they were lived. Thats seems obvious but the memories of people and places constantly run through my head selecting each motif and colour as I create the work. I thought especially when making the sculptures. I can wait to make another set of those or paintings again.


Heres to the next adventure or quest. Next year its time to travel again and I. Can't. Wait!