Elsa’s leaving home….

‘Leaving Home: A new setting for site-specific contemporary craft’. Current exhibition at Contemporary Applied Arts, London 17 April 2015 – 31 May 2015.

Part of my site-specific work “They loved to breathe beauty, tradition and romanticism…”, originally made for the National Trust Property Nymans in Sussex is currently on show in ‘Leaving Home’. This part of the work is a film, in which I star as Elsa, a fictional character who explores Nymans House and Gardens through her changes of vintage clothes….

Elsa walking through the great hall ruins, Nymans House

“They loved to breathe beauty, tradition and romanticism…” Film still. Elsa walking through the Great Hall Ruins at Nymans. Film still credit – Paul Dutnall. Junk TV

Elsa viewing Maud Messels sewing box. Nymans House

“They loved to breathe beauty, tradition and romanticism…” Film still. Elsa viewing Maud Messels’ Georgian sewing box in the Garden Hall, Nymans House. Film still credit – Paul Dutnall. Junk TV.

“They loved to breathe beauty, tradition and romanticism…” was commissioned by Unravelled Arts for ‘Unravelling Nymans’ exhibition of 2012. The installation consisted of a vintage garment woven sculpture, short film, framed film stills and small woven hair mementos set up in a fake room setting on location. The installation explored the lives and creativity of the Messel Women, Maud Messel and her daughter Anne Countess of Rosse, who lived at Nymans.

‘Leaving Home’ raises questions around what happens when site-specific works are moved to a new setting. Further details are at http://www.caa.org.uk and http://unravelled.org.uk/

 

 

 

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