I had a meeting with Judith Stewart, who is writing a short contextual essay for Topography Disarranged in May. The QH has worked well with Judith before – it is building ongoing relationships such as this (made when running this sort of space) that is both productive and satisfying.
It was exciting to discuss and flesh out some of the ideas that sort of encompass the show and to hear Judith’s perspective on them. I think the essay will be a personal take on the general genre as well as the East Anglian landscape in particular.
Judith’s hoping to have a detailed draft ready this weekend, before she nips off to Spain to film some cows.
Here are some thoughts from one of the artists in the Topography Disarranged exhibition, Erin Solomons:
During the making of this work, I became aware of how potent visceral objects of photography can be. The discoloration and watermarks on the tin can mirror evidence of the effected body. As the body processes what is given from the outside, it expels excess from the inside. So the remains are traces of silences within an identity.
Fiona Roberts – In Residence
As a sort of aperitf (or aperitivo as Italian Katie says) to our landscape show, Topography Disarranged, we’re delighted that painter Fiona Roberts has taken over the Project Space for a few days of precious focus and isolation with her work, along with a good supply of cakes. Creating energetic, large sketches, the walls now look stormy and thunderous in places. A sort of prosecco equivalent. The residency is in preparation for an exhibition at Norwich Theatre Royal that opens on the 23rd July.
One of the artists from the forthcoming Topography Disarranged (there, I’ve committed the title to text, so must stick with it now) landscape show visited the Project Space to discuss siting of their work. It’s a big piece so there are limited options for where it goes – we hope to devote most of one wall to it, which will look pretty dramatic. We chatted about lighting as the sky darkened, the light receded and a huge downpour splashed onto the roof. But, what a beautiful rainbow in our little field!