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Sculptor Gwenda Thompson Marchesi BA (Hons) ECA
Gwenda Thompson Marchesi

About Gwenda Thompson Marchesi

Gwenda draws her inspiration from fairytales, folklore and fables; in particular, the moralistic aspects of these stories, their symbolism, and the animal characters.
The animals are life sized in order to encourage the anthrozoological human-animal relationship that has existed universally for thousands of years. Although perhaps cuddly, comic and appealing in their tactility, when the viewer investigates further, one will find a more sinister theme evolves.
The animals all share some form of negative emotional portrayal in their posture and expression. Feelings of fear, resentment, exhaustion, sadness, resignation and doubt have all appeared in Gwenda`s works. Interestingly, fairytales have been found to offer reassurance to children on an unconscious level by appealing to the id and the ego. As Bruno Bettelheim discusses in "The Uses of Enchantment; The Meaning and Importance of Fairytales" - They speak about his severe inner pressures in a way that the child unconsciously understands, and - offer examples of both temporary and permanent solutions to pressing difficulties.
Along with fairytales, one of the peculiarities of fables that fascinates me is the anthropomorphisation of the animals. Animals are a popular subject matter across the arts, but I have found with my sculptures that the viewer engages even more with something that exudes a subtle human quality. This is a technique used often in fairytales, such as "Little Red Riding Hood" where the wolf dresses up in granny`s clothing, or where the animals have the power of speech in fables. Rendering the principal characters as animals with human attributes allowed the authors to bring those characteristics, and hence the moral warning they wanted to issue, into greater relief.
Mirrors and reflective surfaces have appeared in my work several times. They are commonly interpreted as symbols of self-discovery, self-knowledge, contemplation, and reflection. By showing the room reflected, and creating more space, it also suggests a passage to another world. The mirror is placed strategically so that when the viewer tries to get an impression of the work from the animal`s perspective, he finds himself reflected and therefore becomes a crucial part of the story and ultimately framed into the work itself.
Sculptor Gwenda Thompson Marchesi BA (Hons) ECA
Every Truth Has Two Sides, and it is Well to Look

Exhibition History of Gwenda Thompson Marchesi

2008 Save the Pigeons Kill Yourself
Self promoted and curated show (November)
Hakuna Matata Club, Florence Italy

Best in Show
Selected show by curators Pearce and Ramsey (September)
The John Jones Project Space, London

ECA Degree Show
Final Year Sculpture Exhibition (June)
Edinburgh College of Art

4th year Drawing Exhibition (April)
The Green Rooms, Edinburgh

Student Exhibition 2008
Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh (February)

2007 The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
4th Year Sculpture Exhibition (November)
Edinburgh College of Art

Reasonably Sized Ideas
4th year Sculpture Exhibition (October)
Edinburgh College of Art

Simmer Down
2nd and 3rd year Sculpture Exhibition (February)
Edinburgh College of Art

2006 Chaos at the Fringes of Spring
2nd and 3rd year Sculpture Exhibition (April)
Edinburgh College of Art

2005 Farnham Library Gardens Project
Site Specific Installation (July to October)
Farnham Public Art Trust, Surrey

1st Year Exhibition
Surrey Institute of Art and Design (July)
2004 Foundation Art Exhibition
Telford College, Edinburgh (July).

Does My Bum Look Big in This

Awards and Prizes of Gwenda Thompson Marchesi

2008 RSA John Kinross Drawing Travel Scholarship to Florence.

Acquisitions / Collections of work by Gwenda Thompson Marchesi

The Royal Scottish Academy
"Does My Bum Look Big in This".

Qualifications / Education of Gwenda Thompson Marchesi

2005-2008 Edinburgh College of Art.
BA (Hons) Sculpture 2:2

2004-2005 Surrey Institute of Art and Design
BA hons. Fine Art
(Year one, Full Credits)

2003-2004 Edinburgh`s Telford College
Btech Dip. Foundation Studies in Art and Design
(Passed with Merit)

2002-2003 The University of Edinburgh
BA hons. Archaeology and Social Anthropology
(No Qualifications Received)

1997-2002 The Cheltenham Ladies` College
A Level (A) Art, French, Spanish.

Publications / Media / Bibliography of Gwenda Thompson Marchesi

The Press and Journal. Friday February 15th. Photo and caption.

Art With Bite. The Glasgow Herald. Friday February 15th. Photo and caption.

Paws for Thought. The Edinburgh Evening News. Friday February 22nd. Photo and caption.

Mark Hopes "Wings" chair for the obese will take off. The Edinburgh Evening News. Monday May 26th. Brief mention.

Bray-ve New Direction for Art. Edinburgh Evening News. Friday June 13th. Photo and mention.

A Precocious Degree of Talent. The Glasgow Herald. Monday June 16th. Brief mention.

Pearls of Wisdom from Court Jesters. The Scotsman. Friday June 20th. Photo and mention
Best in Show. AN magazine. December issue, 2008. Review.

Influences / Inspiration of Gwenda Thompson Marchesi

Berlinde De Bruykere, Maurizio Cattelan, Idiots.

Price Range of Work

Gwenda Thompson Marchesi's work has a price range from £584 to £4,334

Mediums utilised

Gwenda Thompson Marchesi's work is found in the following materials:

Artwork Categorised

Gwenda Thompson Marchesi's work is found in the following categories on site:
Toys Sculpture / statue / statuette / figurine (3)
Humorous Witty Amusing Lighthearted Fun Jolly Whimsical Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines (3)
Interior, Indoors, Inside Sculpture (3)
Fun Amusing Comic Animals Birds Fish Statues Sculptures (2)
Indoor Inside Interior Abstract Contemporary Modern Sculpture / statue / statuette / figurine (2)
Domestic Animal Sculpture (2)
Farm Yard Sculptures
Dogs Sculpture
Wild Animals and Wild Life Sculptures
Animal Abstract Contemporary Modern Stylised Minimalist Sculptures
Donkeys Zebras Mules Asses and Unicorns sculpture / statue
Minimalist Understated Abstract Contemporary Sculpture statuary statuettes
Animals in General Sculptures Statues
Abstract Modern Contemporary Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines statuary
Horse Sculpture / Equines Race Horses Pack HorseCart Horses Plough Horsess
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