VALLEYS ARTIST Gayle Rogers reflects and responds to the current POLITICAL LANDSCAPE and responds to accusations of parochialism in her forthcoming show.
The Rhondda-based artist and arts activist’s solo show at the Cynon Valley Museum and Gallery in Aberdare was originally intended to be solely an exhibition of work inspired by the changing local landscape. Now the exhibition also includes a number of new political cartoons, some depicting local politicians.
‘The cartoons reflect my personal experiences and they challenge the negative perceptions of the South Wales Valleys and Wales. The cartoons address serious issues but hopefully they will also make people laugh’.
The title of the show ‘The Parochial Artist’ is inspired by an email received from a local politician. When I suggested that they could promote their constituency as frequently as they appeared to promote London-centred activities, they replied ‘Parochialism is the death of humanity’. I don’t think it is parochialism to want your area and it’s communities to be celebrated and honestly conveyed’.
‘Some of the cartoons take on the way women politicians are condescendingly portrayed. I explore how politicians representing Wales are demeaned for their ‘welshness’ whilst others appear elected to represent it appear to have distain for the region’.
A political dimension was added to the exhibition before the election was called – but by chance it now opens the week before Election Day which adds a topical and unique aspect to a local landscape art exhibition.
Exhibition: ‘The Parochial Artist’ Drawings inspired by the local natural and political landscape
1 June - 8 July 2017 11am - 4pm Wednesdays - Saturdays
Cynon Valley Museum and Gallery, Depot Road, Aberdare, CF44 8DL
IMAGE CAPTION: ‘Death of Humanity’ by Gayle Rogers
Depicting the artist trying to shift Wales (represented by a traditional welsh dresser) beyond the shadow of Westminster whilst being yelled at for being parochial.