PREPARING FOR THREAD AND WORD A WALK FROM ESPACIO GALLERY TO LEADENHALL MARKET ON MARCH 5TH AT 1PM.
This walk is by invitation only, please email me if you would like to take part.
The walk is part of a programme of events organised at Espacio
Gallery as part of the Threads exhibition curated by the Artists’ Pool.
This exhibition brings together artists from varied creative practices, backgrounds, cultures and countries to explore the threads that connect us through our experiences, humanity, gender, friendship and relationship.
“Cadenetas ” a drawing
With this in mind I have invited artists, writers, friends, performers and walkers, to celebrate the threads that bring us together which will be reflected in the readings, interventions and performances as we walk.
The route I have chosen is from the Espacio gallery to the site of Sculpture in the City where we can reflect on the achievements of the two women sculptors from different backgrounds, Amy Lucas (English) and Lizzie Sanchez (Peruvian) whose work is represented amongst the public artworks.
Lizzie Sanchez’s work “Cadenetas” (paper chains) is particularly evocative of the sentiment guiding this walk.
‘Cadenetas’ at the Hiscox building
Lizi Sanchez’s work which is discreetly positioned along several sites as a part of Sculpture in the city.
Thread and Word – an introduction:
This walk is both a departure from and a continuation of the work I have been undertaking for the last eighteen months as a part of the A Journey with The Waste Land Research group at the Turner Contemporary in Margate. I have established and led a walking group to research T S Eliot’s writing of the Waste Land and it’s connections with Margate. For more about this:
A journey with The Waste Land
I have chosen to use readings from ‘ThreadWord’ by the Chilean artist CeciliaVicuña for this walk because Cecilia Vicuña is a woman from my part of the world. In her poetry she follows T S Eliot’s focus in writing a style of poetry that is concerned with it’s function rather than form .
A weave, Metaphors in Tension
“Metaphors in tensions, the word and the thread carry us
threading and speaking, to what unites us, the immortal”
(Thread Word, Cecilia Vicuña)
The walk brings together several strands of my art practice. Cecilia Vicuña is a Chilean female artist whose art is a recurring influence for me .I share her belief that it is through doing and making that new work emerges and creativity is developed.The act of making takes you into a different place which allows for expression that sometimes cannot be put into words.
By using walking as research and connecting it to place and people through everyday interactions and sited interventions I hope to create opportunities for participating walkers to gain a sense of interconnectedness in a world that is rapidly becoming polarised and inward looking.
Weaving and rope making, with their rhythms and repetitions can take you on a journey, using your imagination and bringing you into a different realm of story telling:
“Word is thread and the thread is language
A line associated to other lines.
A word once written risks becoming linear,
but word and thread exist on another dimensional
(Thread Word, Cecilia Vicuña)
I also chose ” Thread Word” for this walk as it is very much in the style of a stream of consciousness which has influenced Latin American literature as Magical Realism.
The words of Thread and Word are very connected with the ideas and ambitions of the exhibition at Espacio, celebrating the common threads that bring us together, and connecting with my own work bringing people together with shared interests through walking.
This has also found expression in my making ropes for the walkers I have invited to participate.
‘Is the word the conducting thread, or does thread
conduct the word-
Both lead to the centre of memory, a way of uniting and
(Word Thread, Cecilia Vicuña)
It is my intention to continue to explore these connections through walking by using sited readings and performances chosen by members of the Walking with The Waste Land research group and invited artists.
I will also be asking participants to use ropes to document the walking experience as recorded in my work Quipu, which has been selected for the Threads exhibition at Espacio. The knots are a recording of emotions, reactions and engagements during the walk
A Khipu (Quipu or Chinu in Aymara) is an Andean storage device made from chord .
This concept is not uniquely Andean it is also found in the Pueblos of New Mexico, it is referred to in the Bible, Numbers 15:37 -38, Herodotus mentions one during the Persian wars and they can also be found in the Ryukun Islands and Hawaii.
I am interested in exploring these connections through walking, sited readings, performances and interventions.
Ropes made for participants and knotted on a field trip organised on January 19th
More about this and my walking practice can be found on my blog: http://elspethpenfold.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/fragments-and-thoughts-explanation-and_14.html
I look forward to collaborating with the invited artists and sharing in their work and responses, celebrating the threads that bring us together. I hope that the walk will help us explore a common bond and provide us with new opportunities and experiences to develop our art practices.