Heather Dawe Presents 'No Substance But Light'
In ‘No Substance But Light’ writer, artist and AI expert Heather Dawe brings together a selection of works which exemplify her long fascination with both the mountains and the creative process. Using oils, watercolours, pastels and a novel technique which synthesises art by combining her own sketches with AI art generation, Heather seeks to capture the lights, rich colours and physical feeling of the mountains.
'Tre Cime' © Heather Dawe
While much of Heather’s inspiration comes from time spent in and around mountain landscapes, she is also fascinated by human creativity, which leads to her constant need to explore her own creative process. To a degree this is driven by her day-job as an AI thought leader in industry. As AI increasingly becomes a part of our lives, she believes we shouldn’t lose sight of the importance and value of our own intuitive and critical thinking, as they form the essence of what makes us human.
By displaying her personal, haptic works alongside those created with the aid of artificial intelligence, she hopes to encourage visitors to consider the increasingly blurred lines between human and AI art, reflecting on the impact that technology has on human nature.
Cìr Mhòr and Goatfell on Srran © Heather Dawe
North Kintail Ridge © Heather Dawe
Also featured in the exhibition are a series of oil paintings of Nanda Devi which Heather produced as part of her 2022 guest editorship of The Himalayan Journal. These will be displayed alongside oils and pastels of the Dolomites and Canadian Rockies, a series of watercolour and ink scenes of the Tour du Mont Blanc and some oils and pastels of places more close to home: the Scottish Highlands, Eryri, the Lake District and Yorkshire.
'Nanda Devi' © Heather Dawe
‘No Substance But Light’ will run from 10 May 2023 until 31 July 2023 at the Alpine Club’s premises of 55 Charlotte Road, London, EC2A 3FQ and will be open from 12:00 – 17:00 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.