LOCKDOWN SERIES

During these turbulent, unsettling times, we want to share a glimmer of beauty to break up the fear and anxiety. Each week we will be highlighting new artworks from emerging artists and share their thoughts and inspirations during this time. This week we are showcasing the work of Fine Artist, Sally Bellano.

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‘The ley lines bring spiritual travellers together and grant one another the wisdom to forgive’
by Sally Bellano

2019
29.7cm x 42cm
Dry Point Etching

“This series follows a man on a spiritual pilgrimage through the wilderness, he takes seeing the Hare, as an omen and in the third image he surrenders to the landscape in a dream and wakes up as part of the standing stone circle but not completely frozen. He continues with his journey to reach his destination and realises his connection to the earth is invaluable. He relinquished his physical body to become part of the earth.

In this piece, the main character of the story is an old man on a religious pilgrimage, set in Celtic Britain. The character doesn't have a name as it's meant to represent the Everyman of the time and be relatable to us now through his interactions of the nature surrounding him and how he interprets and considers his place in the world. Throughout the images he encounters people and the landscape guided by his spiritual connection to it. He is drawn to another traveller on the road as they are following the Ley lines which connect energy portals and places of power such as Stonehenge.”

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‘The pendulum predicts an arrival of sorts’
by Sally Bellano

2019
29.7cm x 42cm
Dry Point Etching

“This series follows a man on a spiritual pilgrimage through the wilderness, he takes seeing the Hare, as an omen and in the third image he surrenders to the landscape in a dream and wakes up as part of the standing stone circle but not completely frozen. He continues with his journey to reach his destination and realises his connection to the earth is invaluable. He relinquished his physical body to become part of the earth.

In this piece, he has a supernatural encounter and a Hare appears to him as a sign and symbol of love.”

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‘Dreaming amongst standing stones’ by Sally Bellano

2019
42cm x 29.7cm
Dry Point Etching

“This series follows a man on a spiritual pilgrimage through the wilderness, he takes seeing the Hare, as an omen and in the third image he surrenders to the landscape in a dream and wakes up as part of the standing stone circle but not completely frozen. He continues with his journey to reach his destination and realises his connection to the earth is invaluable. He relinquished his physical body to become part of the earth.

In this piece, he finds a stone circle and sleeps inside it, having dreams where he is also part of them and the earth.”

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‘Metamorphic stones standing together in the dawn’
by Sally Bellano

2019
29.7cm x 42cm
Dry Point Etching

“This series follows a man on a spiritual pilgrimage through the wilderness, he takes seeing the Hare, as an omen and in the third image he surrenders to the landscape in a dream and wakes up as part of the standing stone circle but not completely frozen. He continues with his journey to reach his destination and realises his connection to the earth is invaluable. He relinquished his physical body to become part of the earth.

In this piece, he wakes up frozen having been transformed into part of the stone circle but is able to move again when the sunlight hits him.”

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'The leaves open and turn towards to face the east. Sunlight chases the mist and warms the heart of the Ash' by Sally Bellano

2019
29.7cm x 42cm
Dry Point Etching

“This series follows a man on a spiritual pilgrimage through the wilderness, he takes seeing the Hare, as an omen and in the third image he surrenders to the landscape in a dream and wakes up as part of the standing stone circle but not completely frozen. He continues with his journey to reach his destination and realises his connection to the earth is invaluable. He relinquished his physical body to become part of the earth.

In this piece, he continues on his journey and feels the power from the Ley Lines pulling him towards his destination, this mystical encounter makes him reconsider his spiritual purpose in the world.”

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'Laid down to rest in company and over time entombed by the earth, turning over and over like stones'
by Sally Bellano

2019
29.7cm x 42cm
Dry Point Etching

“This series follows a man on a spiritual pilgrimage through the wilderness, he takes seeing the Hare, as an omen and in the third image he surrenders to the landscape in a dream and wakes up as part of the standing stone circle but not completely frozen. He continues with his journey to reach his destination and realises his connection to the earth is invaluable. He relinquished his physical body to become part of the earth.

In this piece, he finds some more travellers on the road and lies down with them in their camp to rest.”

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‘Visions end by the sea’ by Sally Bellano

2019
29.7cm x 42cm
Dry Point Etching

“This series follows a man on a spiritual pilgrimage through the wilderness, he takes seeing the Hare, as an omen and in the third image he surrenders to the landscape in a dream and wakes up as part of the standing stone circle but not completely frozen. He continues with his journey to reach his destination and realises his connection to the earth is invaluable. He relinquished his physical body to become part of the earth.

In this piece, his destination is a stone circle at the top of a cliff.”

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INTERVIEW

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

I'm originally from Hackney and I would say my home is definitely London. I currently live in Mile End and I grew up in Essex and Hertfordshire.

WHAT IS YOUR ARTISTIC BACKGROUND?

I studied Art all the way through school and finished my BA in Fine Art Painting last year at Camberwell Art College UAL.

WHAT IS/ARE YOUR FAVOURITE MEDIUMS?

My favourite medium is etching and monoprint. If I could give anything a go it would be pottery.

WHO/WHAT WOULD YOU SAY YOUR KEY INFLUENCES/INSPIRATIONS ARE?

The inspirations to my work are natural landscapes and people throughout history. I'm interested in historical figures as well as the everyday goings-on of the average person and how they both lived.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVOURITE ARTISTS?

My favourite artists are: John Bauer, Durer, Anselm Kiefer, Harry Clarke, Aubrey Beardsley and John William Waterhouse.

DO YOU HAVE ANY MUSICAL INFLUENCES THAT INSPIRE YOUR WORK? OR ANY PARTICULAR ARTISTS/SONGS YOU LIKE TO LISTEN TO WHILE WORKING?

Working in the printmaking studio's at Camberwell, the process can be very repetitive and time consuming so I always have something on with lyrics that I can focus on and have a laugh with. I love to listen to Skepta, Neon Indian, Basshunter and Tame Impala as my go to's.

WE'RE GOING THROUGH A PRETTY UNSETTLING TIME RIGHT NOW, HOW ARE YOU DOING?

I'm not doing too bad at the moment, I'm really lucky to be living with one of my best friends and my boyfriend so we've been keeping each other happy through all this and trying to distract each other. I've been getting into Red Dead Redemption 2 and that has been the perfect sink hole the last few weeks.

HOW IS THE LOCKDOWN AFFECTING YOU CREATIVELY?

My goal in the lockdown is to try not to get too overwhelmed by it all and just taking everything as it comes. I haven't been able to focus on anything and right now I don't mind just letting the time pass by.

Check out this playlist by Sally to hear what she's listening to right now.

I’m doing good! I’ve had a couple down days and dealing with PMS during this whole thing has been an interesting experience to say the least. I was away from January, and was meant to come home April 30th but, obviously, had to come home earlier. That was weird as I had to be isolated in my room for 2 weeks so as not to put my family at risk, I had some rough days during that. I’ve been working on something every day, and every now and then I come up with something that I feel proud of enough to show people. I think it’s important to keep your brain active and creative right now, not just for artists but for everyone, it stops you going completely mad.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO ACCOMPLISH WITH THIS TIME?

I will definitely be accomplishing 100% completion of Red Dead hehe, I'm very happy to be taking this time off work and being able to relax.

AND DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR STAYING CREATIVE DURING QUARANTINE?

Advice for staying in quarantine, I'd say it's important to keep in contact with people if you're living alone and try not to put any pressure on yourself to stay productive or active if you don't feel like it. Just follow your intuition and eat well!

To see more of Sally's work, visit her artist's page or check out our online shop

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‘Metamorphic stones standing together in the dawn’
by Sally Bellano

‘Metamorphic stones...’
by Sally Bellano

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‘Visions end by the sea’
by Sally Bellano

£234

‘The pendulum predicts an arrival of sorts’
by Sally Bellano

‘The pendulum predicts an...’
by Sally Bellano

£234

‘The ley lines bring spiritual travellers together and grant one another the wisdom to forgive’
by Sally Bellano

‘The ley lines bring...’
by Sally Bellano

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