Rhythm Adjust

21 MAY 2021 - 11 JUNE 2021
Tamsin Relly, Where We Merge, The Auction Collective
Tamsin Relly, Where We Merge, The Auction Collective
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10. Tamsin Relly

Where We Merge

Signed and dated (on the reverse)
Water-based monotype on Somerset paper 300 gsm
38 x 28 cm.
Created in 2021


£330 - 600

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"In this work, Where We Merge, I wanted to recognise that we are part of nature and our environment. We breathe air filtered by the plants and forests; we are made up of subatomic particles passed from soil, to plant, to animal and back again.

Where We Merge  is a water-based monotype. This is a unique print where I paint with watercolour onto a clear acetate-like plate, leave it to dry and then run it through a press transferring the image onto damp paper. I work with the paint quite wet so a lot can change as it’s drying, and the image comes out in reverse. I enjoy the fluidity of this process - there is an alchemy to it, and you never quite know what you're going to get until it comes off the press.” - Tamsin Relly, 2021

Tamsin Relly’s multi-disciplinary practice includes painting, printmaking and photography. In response to the global climate crises, her work explores the reciprocal relationship we have with our planet’s ecology and the ways in which we find connection with the living world. Recent projects explore the preservation of arboreal and botanical environments through conservation, urban parks and memory – be it personal, collective or held within the land.

Drawing on both found media imagery and first-hand observations, Relly works with the fluid and unpredictable qualities of her materials and processes to present impressions of natural and urban spaces in states of uncertainty or impermanence. As part of her research, she has visited and studied diverse locations such as Svalbard in the Arctic Circle, The Eden Project in Cornwall, and the fabricated oasis of the Las Vegas Strip.


Relly’s work has been exhibited and collected widely in the United Kingdom and internationally, appearing in group exhibitions at Royal Academy of Arts, the National Maritime Museum, T J Boulting and Oliver Projects in London; SMITH, Cape Town and Galerie Rue Visconti, Paris. Her work is held in collections including Hogan Lovells, Simmons Contemporary and the National Maritime Museum in London and Ellerman House, Yellowwoods Arts and Hollard in South Africa. She has had solo exhibitions hosted by the House of St Barnabas, The Place Downstairs and Brocket Gallery in London. Artist residencies include Arteles, Finland, RE·THINK: Environment - National Maritime Museum, London, Pocantico - Rockefeller Brother Fund, New York and The Arctic Circle, Svalbard. Relly has been commissioned twice by award winning curatorial charity Hospital Rooms to create permanent work for locked and secure mental health units in the UK. 


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