Pollarded Trees, Knighton, 2 - oil
Whitchurch, Pond behind the House - oil
Sparsholt, Winter - oil
Deborah Ward is a studio member of Knighton Lane Artists Group, based there since 1999 to the present time. She has a BA in Fine Art (2000) and an MA in Fine Art (2013) from De Montfort University.
"I use my work as a self-portrait, not in a literal sense but through my experience of life; that which informs me - observation, handling, encountering. I continue to be very much interested in object and collection; its cumulative effects with reference to animism - object as agent.
Provenance is significant; we often attach importance to something in relation to its owner. I find the every day ephemera an important informant and my work has been likened to ‘kitchen sink’ painting in that respect.
I like to observe and record my surroundings and people occupying them. Landscape works are my way of documenting places of particular significance to me. My work is often durational, recording wear, growth, decay and renewal. For instance, changes to environment or object, self or others. I often return to a place, object or subject.
In relation to the material I’m using, I have a need to control, although materials have certain properties, which define them and cannot be denied or overruled. In this the material itself has an agency; the question of how and where it has existed is also of interest.
I like to draw, use pencil and charcoal because of the control it affords me but I find the properties of paint fascinating. My experiences I hope are embedded in the work I make."
Sharp Haw, Skipton
Pollarded Trees, Knighton, 1
Broken Tree, Aylestone meadows