Hello and welcome to Maggie Cullen's website May 2018
  Maggie Cullen 

Wirksworth in Derbyshire

 Forthcoming  summer exhibitions; 

                                      Ashbourne Festival 23 June - 30June

                               Harding House Gallery, Lincoln 14 July - August  

                                                  

 

Dance in the spring with Jack in the Green

                                                                     

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

   'Windows' 

  A series of framed work. Collage, acrylic paint 3D paper figures on paper 50 x50cm 

 

                                        window overlooking Matlock Bath                                               

 

                                        

 

                                  

                                                                      

                                    

                                                                         

 

                                         

'One Summer warmed night flows a silent windswept song from Fid-nemith to the circling Moon' (detail images below) 

(Reworked 2017),the instillation consists of 12 standing figures on plinths in a circle (approx. H:1.5m Diameter: 2.5m),

It is a response to the silent presence out on the moorlands, the awe-inspiring standing stones, magical aura of hidden mythical sites and dark woodlands around Derbyshire. 

Made from reconstructed debris gathered from nearby Derbyshire moorland floor, the instillation derives from evidence of ancient natural and human ritual which took place here in our long lost past.

Fid-nemith is an old Irish word which means, a sacred circle of trees, this is used as an allusion to our moorlands past when they would have been covered by dense forest  

                                                             

 

 

 

 

 

Detail from One Summer warmed night................... 

 Detail from, One Summer warmed night........... 

 

 
  Wirksworth Festival 2016 

 

With her toes in the clouds, Kathleen performs her legendary handstand above 'The Big Hole' of Wirksworth

The structure is based on the remains of an old crane left behind in an abandoned, tree filled area known locally as 'The Big Hole'.

This 19th century disused quarry left an enormous hole very close to The Puzzle Gardens, a maze of lead miner's cottages built on a steep hillside around 250 years ago overlooking the town of Wirksworth.

Kathleen based upon a local woman born in the Bell Inn, Cromford. Kathleen Mee ran a shop next to the town hall in town in the early 1900s. The other paper figures and winged pony are homage to lives lost in the mines and quarries.

The paper map birds represent the altered contours of the Derbyshire landscape due to centuries of mining and quarrying.

The use of 22c gold leaf an indication of great monetary value placed upon minerals and metals found around Wirksworth. Grit stone, lead ore and limestone placed at the base represent the local stone, one side of the town grit stone the other limestone. 

Made from recycled materials; wood, metal mesh, paper, map paper with Gritstone and Limestone gathered from around Wirksworth

        

    Detail image 'With her toes in the clouds, Kathleen performs her legendry handstand above 'The Big Hole' of Wirksworth'             

Made from recycled materials, paper and gold leaf 


                                        

                                                        'Bookworks' 

                                    Rosalind will pop on her lippy to go boppin tonight 

 

   

 

"I knew Riddings, Lord Lathkill's place from the outside. It was an old Derbyshire stone house at the end of the village of Middleton"

Bookwork. (detail) Made from book, Short Stories by D H Lawrence, the title is a quote from short story called Glad Ghosts. From 1918 to 1919 Lawrence and his wife Frieda lived in Mountain cottage, Middleton, the cottage  still clings to the steep wooded hillside overlooking the Via Gellia valley on the outskirts of Middleton by Wirksworth in Derbyshire

 
 
 
 
Winnie and Josie say a prayer whilst Sally looks to the Stars

       'Bookwork,' made from an old discarded leather bound book of common  prayer with brass clasp,  H: 160mm 

 

 

                                 

                                  The  Author with Johnny and Bengy

Made from a copy of book, "Accident of Fortune" by Andrew Devonshire, (Duke of Devonshire, until his death in 2004) the figures made from a 2016 Chatsworth House events leaflet.

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"It is only with a few rare natures that friendship is added to friendship, love to love and the man keeps growing richer in affection" 

   Bookwork made from 1906 copy of book  Familiar studies of men and books     R .L .Stevenson, the title is taken from the last page of the book.