In this exhibition Ireland and Muske showed recent work that share a common interest in everyday objects and materials. The usual familiarity of these items is undermined by their insistent and repetitive use in the work. Whilst Muske deliberately creates hybrid paintings through combining abstraction and figuration; Ireland works with both drawing and sculpture, incorporating and contrasting the different qualities of the materials. Both artists use a reduced palette which serves to further emphasise the nature of their subject matter.
Helen Ireland studied painting at Central School of Art and completed her MA at Chelsea School of Art. In 1994-5, she was Visiting Fellow in Drawing at Winchester School of Art. Eve Muske studied painting at St. Martin's School of Art and went on to do her MA at Chelsea School of Art. The artists have exhibited together in (dis)parities at Mappin Art Gallery in Sheffield in 1992, the Herbert Gallery in Coventry in 1993, the Purdy/Hicks Gallery in London and both participated in The Question of Scale a Southern Touring Exhibitions at the Arnolfini Gallery in Bristol this year.