If you want to know about a city, you ask its inhabitants and those who work in it. We’ve gone one step further however. We’ve asked the talented Southwark-based artists who are exhibiting at our current exhibition – London Bridge Hotel OPEN 3: Urban Nature, to explain how London and in particular, the Borough of Southwark, continually inspires them and their artistic endeavours and how visitors might tap into this important city of culture. This is talented artist Edori Fertig’s take.
How does living and working in Southwark inspire your artwork?
I am inspired by Southwark in so many ways. For one, my house and my garden where I have lived (for over 30 years!) has served as constant inspiration. I am always observing the flora and fauna outside particularly from the window of my garden studio. I have always collected the archeology of the area from the wallpapers stripped off the walls to the linoleum discovered in the skips as houses have been gentrified in the neighbourhood. These have served as spring boards for new works over the years.
What attraction or aspect of Southwark would you recommend to a visiting tourist?
My most recommended walking trip for tourists would be from London Bridge, past Borough Market and Southwark Cathedral, up Clink Street and then along the river to Tate Modern past the Globe Theatre. This encompasses all that I love in Southwark: the historical, the contemporary, the diversity of foods and people you find and the cultural richness. Closer to my home, I would recommend visiting the two gems that are frequent jaunts of mine: The Horniman Museum and the Dulwich Picture Gallery.
Does the long history of the Borough have any legacy bearing on your work, given South of the River was always the haunt of the artistic community?
I often think of Camille Pissarro and his painting of Lordship Lane Station and how the terrain has altered since his time. I am aware of the wealth of artistic history in the Borough and it inspires me to carry on the legacy. I take part annually in the Dulwich Artists Open Studio, the Peckham Festival and the Nunhead Art Trail. These artist run projects show that Southwark still remains an important artistic hub that are vital to the creative life of the city.
How important, as an artist, is it to be in the capital?
For me, it is very important to be in the capital as an artist. Whenever I need some inspiration, I can just get on a bus or train and find the most beautiful and important works as inspiration in the multitude of galleries and museums near by. There are always artist run events to visit. My fear is that the younger generation of creatives are finding it so expensive to live here and are moving away.
Do exhibitions such as London Bridge Hotel OPEN 3: Urban Nature help to publicise your work/help your artistic CV?
The ongoing costs of rents in the capital has had a grave affect on opportunities for lesser known artists to exhibit. The Open exhibitions at the London Bridge Hotel are very important to artists as it provides a beautiful place to exhibit and be noticed in a capital that is saturated with artistic people.
What do you love most about what artworks you produce?
My favourite part of the artworks that I produce are those that have a direct link with my life in South London. I enjoy utilising what is immediately around me for inspiration, whether it is found in my garden or discovered walking around my neighbourhood in markets, charity shops or skips.
Edori’s two works are displayed in Quarter Bar & Lounge by the window.
Mixed media on paper
17 inches (approx 43 cm) x 13 inches (approx 33 cm) (framed)
£275 including frame
Fox at Dusk
Acrylic on board
13 inches (approx 33 cm) x 17 inches (approx 43 cm) (framed)
£300 including frame
Portraits of the artist by Jas Lehal Photography
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