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Michelle Dawson - Untitled

Michelle Dawson's first solo show - Praxis, at elysiumgallery in Swansea - is a series of black-and-white artworks in several media.

Dawson, a graduate from the Welsh School of Architectural Glass at Swansea Metropolitan University (now University of Wales Trinity Saint David), explains :Praxis is about the process of making sculptures, monoprints, drawings and reliefs and is the culmination of a daily practice which began in 2013: finding and placing an object or group of objects together for a moment of contemplation; these are normally things I find on the beach or in the woods.After suffering loss in my life, I am inspired by impermanence and how the individual and society deals with the transience of life. I worked with a restrictive palette of black and white in order to focus on motifs and forms which surface through making, such as birds and angels.The sculptures connect to the human body, perhaps being displaced in some way or drawn upwards to another place. In contrast to the sculptural works which grow gradually over months, I make monoprints because they are so immediate. Mirror-making and candle-making are also part of my practice and connect to the theme of transience.

Originally from London, Michelle exhibited in group shows in Cirencester, Cardigan and Swansea in 2014. As a stained-glass artist, she has worked in cathedrals and churches in Germany and Britain and is currently restoring four large windows for a mausoleum in London.

elysiumgallery is an artist-led enterprise, comprising 60 artist studios and a contemporary art gallery, in three locations at College Street, High Street and Mansel Street in Swansea city centre. Praxis runs from 11 April to 2 May at 16 College Street, Swansea. Open Wednesday to Saturday 12-5pm and admission is free.

Preview Friday 10th April 7pm www.elysiumgallery.com

Image: Michelle Dawson - Untitled