Bearing Leaves

Bearing Leaves

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About this piece

Around the octagon are sculptures capturing incidents from the life of Etheldreda.
One shows ‘…her pilgrim’s staff taking root and bearing leaves and branches over her whilst she slept by the way’ from ‘Ely Cathedral’, Anonymous

Size: 30 x 26 cm

Media: : Oil, Cold Wax & 23.5 carat Gold Leaf on Cradled Panel

Price: £230

About the artist

Kimberley Allen

I am a working artist based in Ely, Cambridgeshire. I trained in Fine Art and specialise in oil painting and drawing. I am interested in new perspectives on traditional subject matter such as people, places and nature.

My work for ‘After the Fall’ is inspired by the artistry and the history of the Octagon tower. I have used oil paint and cold wax in ‘Layers’ to archive aspects of the towers history whilst deliberately manipulating the visibility of the imagery and text.

Taking a tour of Ely Cathedral’s Octagon reveals the fascinating oak construction behind the decorative public face of the tower – all evidence of the highly skilled team of workers required to create such a unique and ambitious rebuild. As climate change sees us at a crisis point, the availability of such magnificent oaks in 1322 feels poignant, especially as Cambridgeshire is currently the least wooded non-urban county in the country. Nevertheless, the Octagon that lifts our spirits today is also evidence of resilience in the face of catastrophe.

My research for the ‘After the Fall’ exhibition has inspired me to further explore history and tradition in and around Ely. I have continued to pull apart integral creative elements and reassemble them using a mixture of materials, predominantly oil paint, cold wax and collage. Whilst some of this work is a departure from my usual figurative style, the more abstract pieces retain a clear concept and a figurative starting point. These pieces will be exhibited at Open Studios in July.

Please see my website for more information about my artwork, exhibition history and commissions:

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