Mosaic donated by local artist to Devon County Council unveiled at Exeter Library
Posted on: 24 January 2020
A mosaic, donated to Devon County Council for the City of Exeter by artist and former resident Elaine M Goodwin, has been unveiled at Exeter Library by County Councillor Roger Croad and MP Ben Bradshaw.
The triptych, named “À la Recherche du Temps Perdu- Exeter”, 2018 (Remembrance of Things Past- Exeter), is a celebration of the artist’s 40 years spent living, working and studying in the city.
Named after Marcel Proust’s book the piece, which is 170cm x 90cm and weighs 20kg, featured in Goodwin’s recent exhibition at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum before being donated permanently to Devon County Council.
The artwork is displayed outside the Quiet Area at Exeter Library. The library was chosen so that the artwork could be accessible to the public, with the library having over 1,500 visitors every day.
Goodwin studied at Exeter College of Art in the 1970s and stayed in the city until 2016, when she moved to Burgundy in France.
Artist, Elaine M Goodwin, said: “The work donated reflects aspects of Exeter which were continually inspiring to me…silvery mists; light filled clouds; light reflecting rainy days and nights and a soft ambience unique to south western England.
“It is a gift given with warmest gratitude for sheltering and supporting me in my work for over 40 years.”
Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “I would like to thank Elaine for her kind donation to Devon County Council and the City of Exeter.
“Following the refurbishment of the library some years ago, we wanted it to be part of a cultural hub for the city and we hope that the new mosaic will form a part of this. We were keen to be able to display the artwork in a public space where it can be visited and appreciated by everyone.
“We are proud to celebrate the artwork of an artist who was inspired by the county and who spent so much time working and studying in Exeter.”
Ben Bradshaw, MP for Exeter, said: “I’m delighted to be unveiling this mosaic so generously given as a parting gift to Exeter from world-renowned mosaic artist Elaine Goodwin. Elaine’s work will be well known to Exonians, as there are examples of it all over our city. After decades living and working here, Elaine has moved on to pastures new, but, typical of her generosity, has donated this work to the city she loves and spent most of her working life in. It’s particularly nice to be celebrating a new public art work, a rarity these days after years of cuts and austerity.”