ARTWORKS FROM RESILIENCE, AN EXHIBITION AND DISCUSSION BY XERSA HELD IN LONDON AT THE MENIER GALLERY, OCTOBER 2016
Extraordinarily this was one of few exhibitions where the artworks were not for sale; instead, in conjunction with London’s BIG DRAW festival, the doors were thrown open for viewing and discussion with the artist about drawing.
The Menier Gallery supports Paintings in Hospitals Organization, a charity focused upon supplying artworks to Hospitals and Medical Institutions to improve the environment for staff, visitors and patients. Xersa is ardent of supporting organizations that are focused upon personal development and environmental improvements.
An accompanying thirty two page hand bound, autographed, catalogue describes ideas researched from art history as well as personal past experiences and how much strength is gained from the knowledge to carry into the future. “Resilience” relates to world-wide natural and non-natural events and health issues that can affect us, reflecting positively on our own strength and determination to win.
Xersa strips back drawing to the Zen of saying much with less. Each mark placed reveals how the artist is at that moment adding a dimension persona to the artworks.
These figurative works on archival quality papers utilize charcoal, a medium used since ancient times augmenting references from research into ancient art history and mythology. Drawing is the foundation to all art and charcoal has versatility with beautiful qualities looking as respectfully as finished art.