In this collection, for example, I feel the fun of the Soldier Whirligig oddly contrasting with the enacted depiction of ‘armed’ conflict; the function of the Coffee Shop Sign abruptly stands for itself; and the force of A Terrible Shipwreck is so direct in its conveyance of nature’s forces.
My deep admiration for such works provokes in me a keen desire for the skills of making, and a longing for playfulness and originality in the objects of everyday life. I search for these qualities in our future as much as in our past, not in a conservative way, but with a look-out for surprising instances of ever-changing human expression and invention.
Author on Folk Art & Former Director of Judkyn Memorial at Freshford Manor, near Bath
Dealer & Collector
Kate Arnold Foster
Director, Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading
Artist and Curator
Andras Kalman's daughter
Curator of The Museum of English Naive Art 1988-1998
Writer, artist and publisher of decorative papers
Curator of of What the Folk Say at Compton Verney in 2011
Folk Art Specialist