‘Hidden Messages’ @ Menier Gallery, Southwark 24 Oct – 03 Nov 2017

This autumn artists Anita Ford and Alfred Huckett will be exhibiting together for the first time. Focussing on miscommunications, undisclosed secrets and a quiet monster, they have put together a powerful show of mixed media work including large scale canvasses, installation, print and talisman, which though often dark are not without a sense of humour.

Ford has spent most of her working life as a successful printmaker, selling her work to the corporate sector. Five years ago she decided to shift direction embracing mixed media processes to create work based on highly personal experiences related to hearing loss and cancer, unfortunately part of her life. She confronts her misfortunes head-on, challenging her situation with a mixture of displeasure, indignation and a large dose of grim humour.

Huckett is primarily known as an artist concerned with the portrayal of music, having been artist in residence at the York Early Music Festival on three occasions. He is now looking back to his early training in theatre design at Central St Martins with a collection of unshorn work made in the 90s, together with recent large scale canvasses confronting and exploring his feelings and experiences as a transvestite.