Catrin Webster: Along the Surface
November 15th – December 17th 2013
If you have lived in, or visited the Aberystwyth area for a number of years you may have seen the many different incarnations of the Gas Works show rooms; a coffee shop, car sales and motorbike store, to name a few. Its large windows and floor space have lent it to many possible functions and as an artist who makes big work I have, for the past twenty years, thought what a wonderful gallery it would be, but the idea never went further than that. However, I have imagined my paintings there and when it was a motorbike showroom considered approaching the owners, to ask if they would be interested in having my work on the walls. But before I did, they were gone. There was a very particular reason why I wanted to show my work in their show room with the bikes: all my paintings were based on motorbike journeys. And my current work is primarily focused on riding along roads in mid Wales, through landscapes established by historic figures such as the great Richard Wilson in the 18th century. In fact I ride one particular route which takes me through Penegoes, just outside Machynlleth where Wilson was born in 1714. This route then brings me back to Borth via Cross Foxes and past Cader Idris, rendered so strikingly by Wilson in his famous painting Llyn-y-Cau, Cader Idris, exhibited 1774 and now in Tate Britain.