A local group of artists have produced a collection of eye-catching artwork which will be on display at Fishbourne Roman Palace until 13th May. “Rome Remains” is a variety of work created by AXXESS, a group of artists who have worked
together for 12 years and collectively they use many mediums including digital, mixed media, paint, sculpture and textile. The exhibition will display the work of four of the group who have used Fishbourne Roman Palace and its surroundings as their inspiration.
Val Ayling has produced paintings in acrylic, influenced by Roman art and draws her inspiration from the local landscape.
Wendy Dearling’s work is influenced by the artefacts found at the site and has created a metre long 3D sculpture of the Hippocampus from the Cupid on a Dolphin mosaic. Her oil paintings have a distressed appearance, similar to the incomplete Roman murals and mosaics.
Marion Rumfitt has worked with clay, paper, stitch and glass to create a modern gridded textile mosaic, echoing the past. Her textile ‘Gift to the Gods’ is constructed of the same materials, bone wool and copper.
Glynis Spencer has drawn her inspiration from flora and fauna, some of which were introduced to Britain by the Romans. Her watercolour, ‘High on the vine’ resonates with the Roman introduction of grapes to Britain.
Senior Museum Assistant Tess Fradgely said “The artwork is very varied and a great representation of Fishbourne and its surrounding area”
The exhibition can be viewed among the mosaics in the palace’s North Wing until Sunday 13th May.
Fishbourne Roman Palace dates back to the beginning of Roman occupation in Britain and offers visitors of all ages a unique chance to look back in time. Uncovered in 1960, the north wing of this remarkable building remains an important visitor attraction and archaeological site for anyone interested in learning more about Roman art and architecture.
Published 6th April 2012
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