Pause For Living


Pause For Living


“In the mid 20th century Coca Cola began releasing a free advertising pamphlet called ‘Pause for Living’. Four colourful seasonal issues a year offered hosting advice, illustrated crafting ideas and party tips; aimed at housewives and reminding them to entertain with Coke.

Fast forward to 2020, what a year for us all.

This work was mostly completed last year but it was started a year or so before. Our grappling with a more settled and tbh more boring lifestyle was only exacerbated by the onset of lockdown. Our rented home environment, full of objects, plants and knick-knacks all became close friends for better or worse. Time spent reflecting on nomadic yearnings, handed down aspirations, nostalgic longing, self-sufficiency and daily routines; values that are advertised to us by objects in the home; all in a moment like none any of us had ever experienced.

We present still lives, paintings and sculptural vignettes that attempt to capture a mixture of feelings and changeable emotions. (Objects which further clutter our lives lol). We can’t say that everything that happened in 2020 was all bad, amongst some very painful times there were some positive outcomes. Let’s just say we tried to ‘PFL’ and be ok with it.”

Roxy & Paddy

Pause for Living was split over two venues
CBS Gallery and Pink Sands Studio, Sept-Oct 2021

The shows featured all handmade painted sculptures, drawings and paintings employing a range of materials to create installations that suggested rooms. Bespoke pamphlets were created for each show in the style of the original ‘Pause for Living’ pamphlets described above. 

Check out a review of the exhibition from ‘Art in Liverpool’ here