Craven Arts at Mill Bridge Gallery’s new exhibition, opening on May 31st depicts various invertebrates through the mediums of illustration, photography and mixed media sculpture.
Jody Lawson’s ‘Invertebrate Project’ combines elegant beauty with aberrant horror, portraying a selection of insects, arachnids, mollusks and other invertebrates .
With an interest in nature from a young age, Jody’s education spans various sciences, arts and media culminating in an Honours Degree in Film Production.
Recognising the importance of personal emotional connections for cinematic audiences, Jody likes to use a similar concept when producing artwork.
Six years ago, Jody was diagnosed with a brain tumour; an acoustic neuroma, 4cm across. After 10 hour surgery, he was left with deafness in one ear, partial facial paralysis, vision difficulties, cognitive processing issues and severe fatigue.
Yorkshire born, Jody continues to practice his art at his home in Skipton, continually exploring and experimenting with different media and styles, often recycling items such as glass bottles or packing materials.
Jody describes his work as a study of nature’s intricate physical aspects as well as their psychological representation: “An idea I enjoy exploring is the concept of ‘fear of the unknown’, and a lot of the time that goes hand in hand with giving the viewer an opportunity to bring in their own fears and memories by obscuring some of the imagery of the work. Art and media of all forms rely on not only the artists’s intentions, but also the interpretation of those viewing the work, as well as it’s context in whichever time and place they happen to be in.”
Jody will be at the preview evening at Mill Bridge Gallery on Friday May 31st from 6-8pm, and each Thursday during the exhibition