Introducing: ‘A SPOTLIGHT ON’ featuring Brockley Artists Glenn Mottershead and Kaori Homma

We’ve got a double artist whammy to kick off our new feature series ‘A Spotlight On’.

We welcome Brockley artists Glenn Mottershead and Kaori Homma into the South East London Blog fold.C_K9eR-XgAA4y5F.jpg

We didn’t go as far as sitting them down and shining a spotlight on them, but we did find out some gems that we are sure you’re gonna be interested in.  And even better, why not head down to meet Glenn and Kaori at Casilda’s Nice Things next Meet and Greet,  Thursday 31st August at 6pm.

We interviewed Glenn and Kaori to find out more:

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Glenn Motterhead, photograph by Hulya Corty 

Glenn Motterhead creates abstract photography,  rich and often deep journeys into multi-layered cityscapes.  His selection of prints in this exhibition he says: ‘are not just for placing on a wall, they are for taking down and holding as a map, looking at the detail and letting the current on the canvas take you elsewhere’.


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‘Industrial City ‘ copyright Glenn Mottershead



Why do you do what you do? And what do you do?

I have a passion for documenting the social in a city. This can be through video, photography and occasionally writing. I enjoy the people that make up a specific space, and they can be ever so different, example Colgate Street in Brockley has a different bunch of visitors to say those in Catford Broadway. It’s looking at those differences that interest me and in many ways question how communities come together, such as those from totally different spectrums.

How do you like to work?

I start with paper and pen and draw some ideas relating to a specific theme. I am working with the colour yellow at the moment and this is a challenge as my work is often deeper colours, browns, greys etc. With this in mind, I start building, ebbing and flowing through the weeks, using photography in the field and my computer in my studio to bring something together that makes the image complete.

What is your background and where did you grow up?

I have always been involved in using the lens to capture a narrative. At 14 I won the under 16s national photographic competition from Kodak. I grew up in Salford, next door to Morrissey’s Salford Lads Club, you can see it on the cover of one of his albums. I was 12 when I set up a community video workshop at the other end of the coronations street style terraces of the lads club in a church basement. This was where a group of us would learn to build film sets, lighting, filming.

What is integral to your work?

I love the work of LS Lowery and my work involves a sense of the urban, dystopian, the misfortunate side of city dwelling.

What is your favourite art work?

I love the work of L.S.Lowery and the seascapes always surprise me as I learnt off this style of work years down the line.

What’s been a seminal experience for you?

The poor and getting poorer and there feels like there is very little support in helping people out of a social hole.  

Do you play a role in your community?

I am a member of the Lewisham Assemblies for Brockley and like to get involved in my street in new Cross. We have built a planter to stop fly tipping and plan to make a second, involving more of the residents.

Are artists integral to communities now?

They make a very interesting element to the mix and something I would like to evolve as an artist and participate in more artists elements within community activities.

What keeps you sane / what’s your guilty pleasure?

Paying my mortgage and books.

Whats your favourite spot in South East London?

I love Telegraph Hill and Hilly Field parks

Do you have an art manifesto?

Kaori Homma, photograph by Hulya Corty

Kaori Homma uses a Japanese technique to create beautiful ephemeral etchings and Mottershead’s photography creates abstract multi-layered cityscapes.

Homma creates beautiful and ephemeral fire etchings. The technique she uses is called “aburi-dashi” in Japanese:   the images are etched by heat rather than a pigment sitting on a surface. Invisible Ink made with lemon juice is used to render images, slightly altering the delicate balance of paper, once exposed to the heat images are burnt into paper as an integral part of its structure. The resulting image contains a level of fragility which, at the same time, is powerfully absorbing.


Image: Arcadia according to Claude with a view of Sellafield Power Station” 2014. Copyright Kaori Homma.

Why do you do what you do? And what do you do? 

I am an artist, as it is my identity. I can’t quit art, as it is not a job but rather it is part of me.

How do you like to work? 

I work both from my studio and also from home. It is important for me that my work is integrated into my life in SE London.

What is your background, where did you grow up?

I am Japanese and I grew up in Tokyo. I studied art at a University in Tokyo and came over to England to do Masters degree. The plan was to go back and continue my artist career in Tokyo which was heading for great success, but then I fell in love with a man who is now my husband so my plan had to change.

What is integral to your work?  My life.

Do you play a role in your community?   

I organise Brockley Open Studios, one of the oldest open house trail in South East London. 

What’s been a seminal experience for you?  

2011, North East Japan Earth Quake, Tsunami, and subsequent Fukushima Nuclear disaster. 

What is your favourite art work?  

I have too many to name. But if it has to be one, I must say it is Rembrandt later works when he was fallen from grace, and could not even buy paint. It shows art is more than a job or means to make money.

Are artists integral to communities now?  

I believe so. Especially in South East London where I live. 

What keeps you sane / what’s your guilty pleasure?  

I potter about in my small garden full of edible plants. I can be found speaking to my vegetables some times.

Whats your favourite spot in South East London?  My garden.

Do you have an art manifesto?  

No. I do not believe in manifesto. It is too macho. Art is not anything we “do” but it is part of who we are. So how can you make manifest of yourself?

The event:

At the event, there will a chance to talk to the artists and purchase their work which will include originals, limited editions, and cards.

This is a free event but tickets are available at Eventbrite. 

#SELB Over and Out              


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