Synecdoche's mission is to create opportunities for its artists. It does this through providing peer support and critique, creating platforms for asking questions, organising exhibitions, events and sharing ideas.
What are our exhibitions about?
Our exhibitions reflect the title Synecdoche; each part represents the whole and the whole is a sum of those parts. The individual works we exhibit could not exist without the influence of the others within Synecdoche. However, our work is very varied.
Originally from the Drawing and Applied Arts degree at the University of the West of England, much of our work has a strong foundation in drawing, although, through our explorations with materials and processes, we aim to challenge the perceptions of what it means to draw. Some aspects of our drawings are intensely physical - scratching, gouging, cutting, forming, stitching; others are more contemplative – smoothing clay, filming, printing, knitting; some involve elements of alchemy, magical moments of change in control that affect the final outcome, forging, firing and felting; but all our work is driven by curiosity and playfulness. What will happen if…..?
We push the capabilities of a diverse range of media including paint, print, ceramics, metal, textiles and more. Our exhibitions bring together an intriguing and diverse collection of works. Some of the work is two dimensional, some sculptural, some includes audio visual elements; some will make you pause and reflect, some will make you recoil, some will make you laugh out loud, but all are thought provoking. Led by concentrated interactions with materials yet concept driven, we investigate the boundaries of mark making, each artist adding his, or her, own personality and sense of play to their work. This is what has brought us together as Synecdoche. Expect our exhibitions to showcase the collective's distinctive approach to making art. Our intention is to blur the boundaries between fine art and craft by creating intellectual connections between material, process and concept.
Most of our displayed work is for sale and you can also find prints, cards and smaller pieces for sale in the shop area of our exhibitions and online; please visit our artists websites for specific works.