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Being Here Exhibition at Project 78 Gallery

August 2023

Being Here exhibition at Project 78 Gallery, St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex, 12th August - 9th September 2023

Being Here is Tom’s second exhibition at Project 78. It consists of an amalgam of fifteen very small  panel paintings on pieces of wood, as well as a monumental  woodcut that reflect on states of mind when we are surrounded by water,  fields and  flowers set in an edenic landscape. Colour is heightened and often expressionistic. Areas of woodgrain in   the surfaces of the supports add to the patina of the images. The one compositional exception to this in the show is an image of a space station looking down on Earth and across our solar system. From this cosmic vantage point,  it’s as if, as expressed in Carl Sagan’s famous  'blue dot’ passage, when describing a photograph of a minuscule single pixel Earth caught in a sunbeam taken by Voyager 1, 3,762 millions  miles away, all of our humanity in the moment carries  pain, contemplation and joy as we reflect down below the cloud line,  on love and loss and what it is like to be human, while  spinning round and round in our particular corner of the galaxy. 

Perhaps terrestrially, some of these  feelings we  share when we  look out to the horizon on the waters edge are about love, and more specifically who might love us? This is so movingly  summed up in Late Fragment, by Raymond Carver.

And did you get what
you wanted from this life, even so?
I did.
And what did you want?
To call myself beloved, to feel myself
beloved on the earth.