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Earth’s Murmurs

Two artists with very different mediums explore their emotional connection to landscape

Bridget Greenwood • Valérie Wartelle

Thursday 11th April – Saturday 11th May
Thursday – Saturday 10am – 4pm

Bridget Greenwood

Bridget Greenwood is a contemporary abstract landscape artist based in Cheshire. Having had a successful career in advertising in London, Bridget returned to painting in 2020 as a result of lockdown.

Bridget’s paintings explore her fascination with the landscape. She sketches outside to record the moment, but her paintings are completed in the studio where they go through many stages of reducing the landscape to shapes and marks.

Colour has always been Bridget’s starting point and is central to her work. For Bridget, colour has the “wonderful ability to express emotion and helps to convey the landscape’s ability to heal”.

Valérie Wartelle

Valérie is a fine artist working with fibres and textiles. Her practice is rooted in the traditional craft of wet felting and the manipulation of textiles as an expressive art form.

Taking the rural environment as her inspiration, she draws on its colour, texture and form to create evocative semi-abstract landscapes rich in climate and light. These are highly textured felt pieces in which cloth is embedded and threads unravelled, as a painter with her brush.

Process has always been central to her practice, and through ongoing exploration of materials’ behaviours, Valérie has over the years perfected a unique approach to the craft. Fascinated by the organic qualities intrinsic to the medium, she works solely with natural materials such as wool, silk and linen fibres.

Brought up in France and French Polynesia, Valérie originally came to the UK to study Textile Design. Following a career as a knitwear designer, she set up her art studio in 2014 in Halifax, West Yorkshire. In 2021, she received a Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) award which took her to the Netherlands to work with artist and activist Claudy Jongstra. In 2022 she was invited to showcase her work at Collect, International Contemporary Craft and Design Art Fair at Somerset House, London. In 2023, Valérie’s exhibition ‘Closer Still’ was the first large scale solo show of textile works ever to be shown in the Cube Gallery, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle upon Tyne.