UCW sculptor enjoys successful show

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UCW Contemporary Art and Professional Studies student, Mari Em sculptures

University Centre Weston Contemporary Art and Professional Studies student Mari Em has exhibited her haunting and surrealist sculptures to art lovers in the public.

The ‘Ripped Apart’ exhibition has been hosted by the LT Gallery in Weston over the past few weeks.

It showcased her beautiful, raw and emotional work, with Mari using materials including wood, metal, plaster and clay to make human-like sculptures which explore themes including vulnerability and disconnection.

She said: “When people first see me work they always ask me whether the pieces are coming from a place of sadness or are a reflection of my own emotions, but it isn’t as easy to explain as that.

“They are more like an expression of my creativity, and I work very quickly because I am trying to capture the psychological truth of what is going on around me, not just how I am personally feeling.

“I really love the process of imagining and then producing the sculptures, and I have really enjoyed my time at UCW.

“I’d also like to say thank you to LT Gallery and everyone who has come to visit the exhibition and bought pieces.”

‘Ripped Apart’ is just the latest in a run of successes for the 34-year-old, who has also had work displayed at the Centrespace Gallery in Bristol, 4AD in Bath and at UCW’s Loxton Campus.

She studied psychology at Weston College before progressing to degree-level study, and although she is due to graduate in the summer she is considering staying at UCW and enrolling on the new Master’s Degree in Creative Enterprise.

The art and design courses at UCW are delivered in partnership with Bath Spa University.