Jacqueline Stanley presents a series of large works in the RHA. Street-scenes, hill-scapes and boglands figure. Motifs of the moon, bare-branches and birds recur. The work features strong heavy lines, in charcoal and chalk. The mark-making is fast; tangled wire, short lines, long strokes, gestural and experimental. These pieces have an energy; a sense of speed and continuity.
In ‘The Carron Hill’ a high horizon sets the viewer low in a portrait-landscape. We see elevated plains in the distance which correspond to measurement points on a vertical staff, drawn to the right. It serves as a reminder to our changing positions, above sea-level.
The ‘Roostings’ a very large black and white charcoal drawing, dominates the show. A multitude of birds, in synchronised arrangement, take possession of a tall tree. They are freely witnessing twelve armed-helicopters approaching a brambled-bulwark of thorny wire. Beneath the wire, captives cluster and heads huddle beside a ban-the-bomb sign. The full moon spots the lunacy, creating a spectacle for the roosting birds.
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