Anne Moreton and Cat Frampton: ‘The Family Line’

Saturday, 11th April – Friday, 17th April

Seemingly simple mono-prints and lino-cuts hang on the walls of the Glorious Gallery this week, courtesy of Anne Moreton. Her pieces are described in her artist statement as ‘deceptively simple’, and this they are. People and pets are captured in serene activity, like the ‘Fishing Days’ piece, showing a man with a rod on a river bank. Close by, the ‘Water Hound’ mono-print shows a dog in water, one paw raised in mid-action (and I admit I said ‘aw’ out loud).

In stark black and white, Anne’s lino-cuts draw you in with their quiet story-telling, like the ship at sea. By the window, the charming ‘School Cleaners’ piece shows three ladies walking home along a grassy route, whereas ‘Gap Year’ shows a girl and a boy back-packing in what seems like a bustling, far-away village.

On the other side of the room is Cat Frampton’s work, who is Anne’s daughter, making this another fascinating mother-daughter display. Cat uses traditional embroidery thread to create her pieces, shining a beacon on an art form many might think lost. By the door hang her depictions of Dartmoor, long threads tracing the landscape’s outline, her simplistic approach capturing the seemingly infinite moors.

Cat also focuses on birds and poems, picking loved works (like ‘Thaw’ by Edward Thomas), threading his words onto the school-like lined background. Beautiful, delicate birds are shown soaring next to the poems’ titles. Additionally, Cat has recorded ‘The First Cuckoo Call of the Year’, the embroidered dates spanning March to April, from as earlier as 2004.

Sitting next to the window was Cat’s ‘Blackthorn Promise’, showing an embroidered tree, little white flowers blossoming from its branches, contrasted against bright turquoise material. The description next to the piece reveals there’s a ‘hidden message’ in the painting, threaded in using Braille. Through creating work like this, Cat aims to widen the reach of her art, opening visual pieces to those otherwise excluded.

Leaving the gallery, I felt moved by this pair of artists; the quietness of their work makes their messages all the louder. Be sure to follow Cat’s work here.

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