An Archaeology of Soul
MA Show Installation
Cleaver Square and Kennings Way Studios
City & Guilds of London Art School
124 Kennington Park Road
London SE11 4DJ
Inspired by Wapping foreshore, this installation is rooted in material and inner alchemy and addresses the necessity of connecting to our past in the contemporary digital realm.
I have attempted to recreate the liminal space of the shore, a potent cauldron for alchemy to take place. Objects found along the shoreline, containing traces of the past, become metaphors for ‘shadow’ aspects of the human psyche: sculptures on metal stands rise from a ring of sand, tracing the (r)evolution of a laughing gas canister which, through interacting with healing plaster ‘casts’, transforms from a buried/forgotten object to a visible/valued one. Use of papier mache subverts traditional material hierarchies in which the weighty and 'masculine' outrank the lowbrow, domestic 'feminine', reflecting my attempt to transform the burden of repression and trauma into something ‘light’ through material reclamation. A video of my shoreline dancing represents me taking responsibility for my own healing, no longer hiding behind symbolic objects as surrogates. Five female forms developed onto sunlight-sensitive cotton honours those drowned as ‘witches'. Their celestial whispers, as if from the water’s depths, fill the space, demanding to be heard.
The collection embodies a matrixial, circular approach to healing that reconnects humans to one another, to nature and to our past: an invitation of somatic re-awakening.
PUBLIC OPENING HOURS
12:00-17:00 Saturday 2 September
11:00-18:00 Tuesday 5 September
11:00-18:00 Wednesday 6 September
11:00-18:00 Thursday 7 September
12:00-20:00 Friday 8 September
10:00-17:00 Saturday 9 September
18:00 – 21:00 Monday 4 September
'The Dance' by Georgie Mason
19.00 - 19.10 Monday 4 September
11.00 - 11.10 Saturday 9 September
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