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Solo show . . . Sculptor Debbie Templeton-Page with some of her own works on show now at York St Gallery.

by Claire Allison

Unable to access her usual giant blocks of bluestone during lockdown, sculptor Debbie Templeton-Page was forced to scale down her work.

The result is “In A Strange Land”, an exhibition of her work on now until January 14 at York St Gallery.

It is only the second solo exhibition Templeton-Page has held in the 14-plus years she has run the gallery.

“Something that I’ve realised about myself is that I have become reasonably good at promoting other people, but I’m absolutely hopeless at promoting myself. Artists in general, we are quite solitary, shy people.”

Her work had begun as somewhat of a self indulgence during lockdown, based on observations of people walking around the streets near her home or what was happening in her back yard.

“For the first time ever, I’ve been doing birds, as they were coming up on news feeds on Facebook because everybody was in their back yards, enjoying what we have got, instead of rushing around.”

Works in the exhibition are in a variety of mediums.

“I was restricted by the materials that I had available, so there is resin, cast glass, ceramic, alabaster, and a little bit of black basalt. All the pieces are smaller, because I didn’t want to use everything up all at once.”

Templeton-Page said that while her trademark was the big bluestone works, she had enjoyed sitting and working on small pieces.

“I also see it as future proofing myself, knowing I will be able to keep creating for when I am not so physically strong, because those big bluestone pieces take some doing.”latest Nike SneakersAIR MAX PLUS