This news is bittersweet. Julie Cockburn is doing so well in her practice and her calendar is so jam-packed with exhibitions, she has had to make the decision to leave This ‘Me’ of Mine. It is with joy for her and sadness for me that we say good-bye. However, the short time we have worked together on this project has been wonderful. I have been delighted to announce her on-going exhibition activity here on the blogsite and have been amazed by each successive opportunity which came Julie’s way. She is on her way to the top and I wish her all the best!
As sorry as I am to see Julie go, I am equally pleased to welcome Darren Nixon to the project. Darren is based in Manchester and has a studio full of smashing work! His paintings are dreamlike in their delicacy and deliver a punch to the solar-plexus in their poignancy. His figures don’t quite inhabit their skin yet their body-language reveals how they sense themselves in their off-kilter world; I deliberately don’t use the words ‘find themselves’ because Darren’s characters aren’t supported by a history which allows them ‘to find’, they’ve been dropped in situ and react. They both meld with and impose themselves on their environment in a full force sensory experience similar to a lucid dream. It’s an awkward existence, much like many of our own. You can see more of Darren’s work on Axis.