Need help to interpret RHS theme ‘Through The Lens’

Interpreting the festival and exhibition theme ‘Through The Lens’ for the PIA Exhibition Application.

In this instance the term ‘Lens’ can be used literally, such as a camera lens (photographic image) or prism, glass, filter, microscope or aperture. Heavily detailed, focused and photo realistic work could also be classed as images and interpretations through a lens.  

‘Lens’ can also be classified as an interpretation, bent or point of view. It may be the depiction of a common subject from a different prospective or angle (be it a physical, emotional or political one).

You only need 4-6 direct theme related pieces as a special feature within your display area the rest can be dedicated to other works and promotion.

As an example, Deb Stanley’s work focuses attention to meticulous detail and the precision of the application of the pencil work, together with the concentration on a single aspect or part of the subject animal (normally the face) would be an interpretation of big cats through a lens.

So her response may be related to the microscopic and focused element of the Through the Lens theme.

“My exhibition work – Through the Lens depicts and demonstrates the fine form and features of big cats through the application of layers of individual pencil lines. Through intense study I build up colour, texture and depth to create the final completed piece. The detail and precision of line application and almost microscopic focus of the subject detail is indeed faces through a lens”.

I will meet with each successful artist to personally discuss and help with the theme, their biog/statements and promotional wording, display ideas and event logistics.

Remember you only need 4-6 direct theme related pieces as a special feature within your display area the rest can be dedicated to other works and promotion

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