1. Close-up
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    Close-up
  2. In Progress
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    In Progress
  3. Hold Please
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    Hold Please
  4. What's it all About?
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    What's it all About?
  5. Radio Interview
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    Radio Interview
  6. Touch Up
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    Touch Up
  7. Getting There
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    Getting There
  8. Finished!
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    Finished!
  9. Part of Something Bigger
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    Part of Something Bigger
  10. Detail
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    Detail
  11. Fishing Line
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    Fishing Line
  12.  Visitors looking at the Exhibit
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    Visitors looking at the Exhibit
  13. Interview for TV Panamericana
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    Interview for TV Panamericana
  14. TV Interview - in Spanish!
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    TV Interview - in Spanish!
  15. Newspaper Interview
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    Newspaper Interview
  16. Detail
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    Detail
  17. Opening Night
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    Opening Night
  18. Coffee Anyone?
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    Coffee Anyone?
My first international solo exhibition, "Colgado por Ligereza" was a 30 metre long installation of oil and wood chippings on canvas. Suspended from the gallery ceiling, the images depict my gap year travels. The exhibition was held in the gallery ​​Chavez de la Rosa in Arequipa, southern Peru, where I lived and worked for almost four years.  It was to be the first of four exhibitions I showed at this venue.

Like many buildings in Arequipa, capital of its namesake province in southern Peru, the gallery Chavez de la Rosa is mainly made of sillar, a white volcanic rock. Brittle, richly textured and yet somehow austere, the material lent a romanticizing quality to the work in its centre.

It was extremely rewarding to receive a whole visitor's book full of comments and impromptu reviews, criticism and encouragement. Owing to much appreciated hard work by gallery curator and administrator Carlos Ticona Quispe the exhibition was publicized fairly widely, including on the radio, in a national newspaper and on local TV networks. A small feature on the exhibition was even aired on South American broadcasting station TV Panamericana and brought in droves of visitors.

I have very fond memories of preparing this exhibition and my time in Peru - so here is a shout out to all at Chavez de la Rosa, thank you for all your kindness and hospitality!  A special thanks remains due to my dear friend, gallery curator Carlos Ticona, for going out of his way to mobilize national newspapers, radio stations and even national television to cover this exhibition.


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