Catalyst by Castlefield Gallery

Holly Rowan Hesson and Lisa Denyer are visual artists with a shared interest in abstraction and minimalism.

By Matthew Tyas | Last updated 3 December 2018

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Lisa Denyer and Holly Rowan Hesson are visual artists with a shared interest in
abstraction and minimalism. Although they use different mediums, both are drawn to the
spontaneity, process and discipline of responding to site, collaboration and the curation of
work made in situ.


“As a starting point to our creative process we will each bring one piece of our
own work that particularly resonates with us on day one of the project. We will
then use this as a catalyst for developing new pieces, each of us responding to
the other’s work.”

Holly Rowan Hesson

“We will be working intensively on site at Piccadilly Place for just over a week.
At the end of this time we will continue the collaborative process in creating
an exhibition of the new pieces. The resulting show is likely to include painting,
photography, projection and 3D form.”

Lisa Denyer

The artists invite you for refreshments and to view the exhibition for the first time on
Wednesday 14 August from 6 until 9pm at Unit 4B Piccadilly Place in Manchester.

Preview: Wednesday 14 August 6 – 9pm
Exhibition continues: Thursday 15 – Sunday 18 August 1 – 6pm, or by appointment
Venue: Unit 4B Piccadilly Place, Manchester, M1 3BN

Holly’s work most often starts with a camera and a huge collection of thoughts and ideas.
Responding intuitively to her surroundings, she is compelled to alter what she sees using a
camera either to find detail or to obscure detail, creating something different from what
she sees with her eyes.

Using this compulsion as a starting point she then works in a layered way, with time
to explore an important element in her work. Her work is often playful, purposefully
incorporating residues of the processes employed in making it, the ideas generation
processes and the site in which it was made within the finished work.

Transforming solidity and the real into something more transient and ephemeral, the
resulting work could be photography, projection, 3D and/ or installation based.

Lisa Denyer’s work centres around transformed observations. She uses painting as
an exploration of form through a complete stripping down to elemental components.
Incidental details such as light reflecting, shadow, and negative space are a constant
source of inspiration.

The fundamental aspects of Lisa’s early work; escapism and romanticism, are still
apparent in her current practice. However, these now manifest in highly abstracted
representations, and a desire to capture the sublime through simple shape and
use of colour.

Prevalent themes in her work include structures, natural influences,
microcosm and macrocosm.