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by Barnie Emma
25 April to 10 July 2019
Barnie is a community artist working in illustration, installation and documentary. Her interests lie in heritage, culture and socio-politics presented with a playful twist. Born and raised by the mysterious Loch Ness in Scotland, she is now digging into the murky depths of Victorian London. Currently she is focusing on exploring and depicting the Thames, based on archives fused with imagination to create surreal cityscapes. This exhibition featured several exclusive new locally inspired pieces which focused on the fantastical and unexpected creatures that lived by and in the ancient Tamesis, or Thames, as we now know it.
Barnie has worked with councils and arts and music festivals to create site-specific installations and street art. Recent projects have provided playful twists on literary references to historic locals for Greenwich Heritage Arts, and painting murals to commemorate former local residents, H G Wells in Sutton and Charles Dickens in New Cross, respectively.
As well as transforming her illustrations into animations, she has directed and produced short documentary films which have been nominated for awards at Edinburgh International Film Festival and won awards at London’s Open City Docs Fest.
Tamesis Beasts ran from 25 April to 10 July 2019 at Gallery @ Half Moon.