Artist has her head in the clouds

Candace Rose Davies
Candace Rose Davies

SHE’S one Wigan artist with her head most definitely in the clouds.

Candace Rose Davies enjoyed capturing the moods of the heavens above in pencil or 3D sculpture.

But the Newtown woman ended up becoming so captivated by the changing scenes above her head, she started a daily tweet of Wigan’s cloud formations.

She now has followers all over the country.

Weather watchers from Camden Town Market to Melbourne, in fact.

The 25-year-old, a former artist-in-residence at the Drumcroon Gallery, has exhibited fine art and video both nationally and internationally, including at New York’s AC Institute earlier this year.

In 2009, her If You Could See What I Can See exhibition across various shop windows “unified the town centre as one grand gallery”.

But, these days, she has increasingly become fascinated by the weather, and the effects it can have on our hopes and moods.

First she joined the Cloud Spotting Society, then chasing a twister across the American midwest began to seem a serious ambition, and now a career change might be on her barometer.

The former Winstanley College student, who works at a supermarket between commissions, used to love the blue skies of the south coast while studying for a BA degree.

But now, back home in the north, she likes nothing better than gazing (and recording) the drama of an inky canopy on a blustery day.

Her favourite clouds are the epic mushroom-like cumulonimbus which, in hotter countries than ours, give a foretaste of a serious storm to come.

She also loves cirrus formations because they resemble “rows of hooks or waves on the sea.”

Candace said: “I suppose it all stemmed from going to uni at Bournemouth.

“There were blue skies and sunny days down south, of course, and the place was very beautiful.

“But then I remember travelling back north, and really appreciating the contrast in the landscape, all very Wuthering Heights rugged and impressive with these fantastic skies above.

“I started taking another look at Wigan artists, like Theodore Major and Isherwood, and the bleak northern landscapes they produced, and then looking at Turner as well, before realising that I was really fascinated by the clouds and the different types of formations.

“Once I started drawing them, I really couldn’t stop.

“These days I spend my days looking upwards and people think I am admiring the pigeons – but it’s actually the clouds.

“When I started the tweets I didn’t think that they would necessarily catch on, but it is great to find other people interested in what is happening here above Wigan.”

Follow Candace on twitter @CandaceDavies