From Sunday 12th August 2018 I shall be featured in a month-long solo exhibition of photographic prints all of which were taken within a period of a year on my walks around London. It will be held in the upstairs gallery of The Hanbury Hall in Spitalfields, London.
The Hanbury Hall has a fascinating history that dates back to 1719. Originally built as a small Hugenot chapel, it has accommodated many different East London congregations over the years eventually becoming part of Christ Church in 1887. Charles Dickens was a regular visitor in the 1800s using the building for public readings of his works and in 1888 the Match Girls held their strike meetings here as they prepared to protest against working conditions at the nearby Bryant and May factory.
I was recently commissioned to write an article on The British Library’s ‘show and tell‘ of Artists’ Books from the BL special collection. The article can be found on page 51 in this months issue No. 119 of the Book Arts Newsletter
This piece is about analogue photography, memory and identity, neuro-diversity, intergenerational change, sequence, reframing the past into the present and the art of looking, as in looking at the processes of looking which in turn reframes the past. The way this particular piece is presented invites the viewer to pick up the book and hold it in their hands while leafing through its pages. The act of handling the book activates the piece. As the viewer looks down upon the book they can see their own hands echoing a similar handling of the book as demonstrated in the photograph below. The hand in the shot belongs to the same women in the photograph. The age difference symbolises the passage of time. What I hope to encourage is a dialogue on the importance of ones memories for a sense of self-identity. How does memory-loss impact ones sense of self-identity?And how can one reframe ones memories so that they may better serve oneself in the present moment?
I am currently featured in The Xhibit 2018 Show – Championing Future Creatives – running from April 19th to May 12th @ The Bermondsey Project Space London SE1.
ALTERED STATES :: The ‘Altered Book’ piece was about challenging the traditional concepts of ‘what the book represents in our culture today’ in the changing times of electronic devices that simulate the book right down to the colour and texture of the paper. Traditionally the book has been a revered and trusted object upheld throughout history and culture, where entire religious philosophies and political ethics are delivered as fact, presenting complex methodologies to be adhered to and codes of conduct for living ones life. Significant sized buildings of stature and status are still dedicated to their housing for archival, lending, and research purposes. This piece entitled ‘Altered States’ was made from a large ex-government hard back book that has been repurposed with a series of sequential cuts and reverse folds, which all together formed sculptural indented shapes where pages were compressed together. The pages were not destroyed in any way and so therefore could be unfolded to become a normal book again, representational of the division between the two worlds that we live in; the world of imagination and the world of outer reality. The shapes represent the personal inner emotional spaces that are created when the imagination is activated which can transport one to an alternate parallel reality.
Click HERE to see my PHOTOS from the PRIVATE VIEW.
Roisin Sullivan, BA Fine Art (4D), Diploma of Professional Studies CSM will be performing her performance titled ‘My Autism’ at 4pm on the following dates:
Wednesday 9th May
Saturday 12th May
The performance which takes place in the gallery window consists of the artist sitting in a bath of Coca Cola for 30 minutes interwoven with a spoken word piece which reflects on their life from 1 to the present day.
In the words of Roisin ‘The work itself explores my oppression as a women with autism. The absurdity of this act is a demonstration of the constraints within society, and within my experience of existing. There’s a disposition between determinism and free will composed in the structure of capitalism, patriarchy and western society which impacts myself, and is relevant throughout history. The systematic oppression of my autism and gender is represented by submerging my body in the Coca Cola, something which I have addiction to – this act calls into question whether this characteristic forms part of my Asperger’s or is a result of further political hierarchies’.