Returning to the Source:
Local photographic artist Michela Griffith has a pop-up exhibition featuring fine art prints and cards inspired by Buxton and by water at Buxton Visitor Centre for two weeks from 31 January. The exhibition in the historic setting of The Pump Room, opposite The Crescent, runs from 31 January to 13 February; during these dates the Visitor Centre will be open Wednesday to Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 10.30am-4pm.
Her latest montage ‘Aquae Arnemetiae: A Town Built on Water’ celebrates the role that water has played in the development of Buxton; it features the lion’s head water spout of St. Ann’s Well and includes 230 images of the town which were collected specifically over the course of a year for the composite piece. The geometry of the grid draws on some of the town’s “vital statistics” relating to the thermal springs and The Crescent. The work follows on from Michela’s well-received montage featuring The Cascade House at Chatsworth.
Michela still draws much of her inspiration from her local river, the Dove, and from water. “The river has been my conduit: it has sharpened my vision, given me permission to experiment and continues to introduce me to new ways of seeing. I guess that it was inevitable that this would prompt me to develop new work drawing on Buxton’s history as a Spa Town, and the spark for this piece was regularly walking past St. Ann’s Well. I hope that residents and visitors alike will enjoy working out where the included images are from and finding their favourite detail.”
Michela will also be taking part in this year’s Derbyshire Open Arts, showing with a diverse group of 8 artists and makers at Providence Church, New Mills, between 23-25 May. You can see more of Michela’s creative photography on her website https://www.michelagriffith.com/