Slade School of Fine Art


The Heart of Light, The Silence

Jessie Stevenson
MFA Painting Year 1

The Heart of Light, The Silence brings together the work of nine artists living and working in Norfolk. Titled after a line from T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, the exhibition explores the artists’ engagement with the Norfolk landscape during lockdown – a time of solitude and uncertainty, but also contemplation and creativity. Like T.S. Eliot’s Modernist poem, the artworks in the exhibition draw on a multiplicity of sources and experiment with a variety of materials. Featuring both abstract and figurative works in range of mediums, the exhibition demonstrates the ways in which different artists assimilate the contemporary moment and their natural surroundings in order to make broader statements on human experience. 
Curator: Naomi Polonsky 
Co-organiser: Jessie Stevenson
Artists:  Hannah BaysAnna BrassLaura BygraveAlex CrockerSophie GillerGawain Godwin Reece JonesMax PrusJessie Stevenson
Laura Bygrave. Map, 2020
Laura Bygrave, Map, 2020, oil and acrylic on canvas mounted on felt, 75 x 130.5cm
Jessie Stevenson, The Runaway Bride
Jessie Stevenson, The Runaway Bride, 2020, oil on paper, 42 x 30 cm
Sophie Giller. Bedtime story, 2020, 205 x 145 cm, fabrics, wool, thread, direct dyes, curtain pole
 Sophie Giller, Bedtime story, 2020, fabrics, wool, thread, direct dyes, curtain pole, 205 x 145 cm
Max Prus. Teddy's Purple Patch, 2020, 110 x 40 cm, oil on linen
Max Prus, Teddy's Purple Patch, 2020, oil on linen, 110 x 40 cm