Out of the Marvellous
Installation in St Margaret's Church, Cley, Norfolk
2 July - 2 August 2015
The sound of the sea, as it might have been heard here centuries ago before the River Glaven began to silt up, together with Cley’s former importance as a sea-port, were the starting points for this installation. These ideas are combined in a visual interpretation of part of the late
Seamus Heaney’s poem ‘Lightenings’, itself inspired by an Irish myth. The ghostly, Curragh-like boat is accompanied by a recording of the sea mixed with the Aeolian harp.
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With Caroline Lee
A series of installations and performances in the window of a disused shop in Portobello Road, concerning romance, marriage, housework and parenthood. Over several weeks, a story developed, utilising found materials in what had been an antique shop called BLISS as well as constructed work, and engaging the public in the experience.
With Caroline Lee
Investigating the relationship between women and consumerism, the video Saturation Point raised questions about the voice of authority behind advertising; the notion that shopping can satisfy most of our needs; and about advertising companies’ vested interests in maintaining women’s low self-esteem.
The video was shown on three monitors in a TV shop window in Kentish Town Road, and at the same time as part of an installation at Swiss Cottage Library, which continued to investigate these themes in other media.
Changing Room-Fitting In
Exploring the pressures on women to be nice and caring as well as to look good and attractive, the viewer is led through a multi-media installation. Questions are raised about the conflicts we experience in both trying to ‘measure up’ to these expectations and in attempts to reject them.
This was installed in several venues, with a performance in one of them.
Mavis goes Shopping
Curated with Tessa Gaynn
A shopping-list skirt in a supermarket, excitable body cells in a health shop, hairy tools in a hardware store, and mutton dressed as lamb in a butchers – all these and more formed a unique exhibition of women’s art, some displayed in shop windows, some in amongst the products. Featuring 38 women artists from all over the UK in 25 venues along Camden High Street and Chalk Farm Road.
Shown as part of Camden’s Women in Focus Festival in 1997