Rhonda Fenwick: Archive

Body, Space, Image,
Exploring the Spaces In Between

This body of work Liminal Spaces is an exploration of those in between times and spaces where transformation takes place. The work is created at a time of change in my own life. Spilling into all areas, disrupting the status quo, creating a ripple effect. Community, spirituality, vocation, relationships, physicality, friendships and emotions do not exist mutually exclusive from one another — they intersect and intertwine. Crossing these thresholds of waiting and not knowing our 'next' are everywhere in life and they are inevitable.

The word liminal comes from the Latin word limen, meaning threshold — any point or place of entering or beginning. A liminal space is the time between the 'what was' and the 'next'. It is a place of transition, waiting, and not knowing.

Art for Peace in Syria:
Reflections and Visions

This work wa in response to the current situation in Syria working in collaboration with MASS (Medical Aid and Support for Syria). An exhibition of this work was held in St Peter's Church, Burnham, 12 — 15 May 2017 to raise funds to help set up a medical centre.

My starting point for this body of work is inspired by the short film "The Flower Seller of Aleppo", which can be viewed on YouTube here.

Beginning with some words spoken by Abu Ward, the father of the flowers: 'The Essence of the World is a Flower', and researching the symbolism of flowers in Syria, Jasmine, Orchids and Roses being the most popular, especially Jasmine, regarded as the national flower of Syria.

For most of the last five years there has been a small oasis of colour and life amidst the destruction and grief of rebel-held Aleppo. It's the garden centre, which has supplied plants, blooms and foliage to people in that part of the city throughout the war.

Jasmine, The Essence of the World is a Flower I

Orchid, The Essence of the World is a Flower II

Rose, The Essence of the World is a Flower III

Lily, The Essence of the World is a Flower V

Visions of hope for the future.

As seen in/as featured in The World of Interiors magazine.

Art for Peace in Syria:
Reflections and Visions

Paint boxes containing items relating to refugees fleeing conflict in Syria and the struggle artists are having to be creative amidst all of the destruction going on around them. These works were created as part of the Arts for Peace in Syria:Reflections and Visions project.

In the Time of Trees

This work is concerned with trees from different places around the world such as England, Thailand, Morocco, California, Israel, Canada, Iran, their spiritual and fantastical presence.

Sense of Place, Persia

This is a collaborative project between myself and Shidrokh Mazeheri who lives between Newcastle upon Tyne and Tehran Persia. We are in touch through email and Viber. Through discussion and travel we collaborate to create work that is concerned with encounters of every day life in Persia today. As individuals or part of the crowd. Exploring identity as expressed through the streets of the city and in the city. The project asks the question about individuality and becoming part of the fabric and mosaic of the city.

Catching the Light

In the beginning the world was covered in darkness and then light came. It is essential to our understanding of reality and at the same time the mystery that keeps us digging deeper.

In March 1905, Einstein created the quantum theory of light, the idea that light exists in tiny packets, or particles, which he called photons. Alongside Max Planck's work on quanta of heat Einstein proposed one of the most shocking ideas in twentieth century physics: we live in a quantum universe, one built out of tiny, discrete chunks of energy and matter.

This new body of work is an exploration of how light falls, through observing and recording, to combine something that is indescribable, fleeting, time sensitive and experiential and place it among a flood of information that is indiscriminate.

Earth as we know it came into being through its four great components: land, water, air, and life, all interacting in the light and energy of the sun. Although there was a sequence in the formation of the land sphere, the atmosphere, the water sphere, and the life sphere, these have so interacted with one another in the shaping of the Earth that we must somehow think of these as all present to one another and interacting from the beginning.

Thomas Berry

Between Two Worlds

Exploring socio-political landscapes through images and text

This body of work is concerned with journeys I have made to Iran, Israel and Dubai. Taking in everything I saw with my eyes and felt in my heart as I passed through some of the great towns and cities in the Islamic and Jewish worlds. Allowing my senses to flow into the images, enabling the viewer to travel, encounter and to experience how a contemporary artist from the West encounters these places.

The latest images from Iran are sent to me via email from my Iranian colleague. This is a collaboration between myself and my contact who at this stage wishes to remain anonymous. In the last two years I have visited Israel and Dubai where I photographed cities, landscapes and people in Jerusalem, Judea, Ramallah and Dubai. Upon returning to the UK I re-worked the images with paint marks and text in photoshop, merging them together to create a new narrative. Sharing our experiences of some of the world's ancient places.