This year for Somerset Art Weeks we are not having a preview – instead I’m showing a preview of works on WordPress and Facebook as they arrive, as a flavour of things to come. This time it’s Myfanwy Morris’s photos from New Zealand. Myfanwy is one of the artists invited to create work for Amazing Space II – her line of work is darkroom photography. The plan was that she would spend part of the summer in the darkroom here, making images of people who live and work in and around the Dove. That plan was horribly upset by HM Border Control at Bristol airport, who decided to deport Myfanwy back to New Zealand, instead of granting her a six month tourist visa which she had hoped to receive. She had been here for a couple of years on a young person’s work and travel visa which ran out at the end of April. Myf was grudgingly granted 5 days to pack her bags and fly back to NZ, during which time she raced around shooting 9 reels of film – an extraordinary achievement for someone in a traumatised state, but then Myf is an extraordinary person, and utterly committed to the Dove project. So, yesterday, less than 4 months later, a parcel arrived. So exciting – here is the unpacking.
And after that were the dozen or so mounted images that we will be showing in SAW 17. As I said, this is the preview….