Friday, January 17, 2020
Saturday, April 11, 2020
Vulcan Building, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, PO1 3BF
South West England

Preview: Thursday 16 January, 6-8pm

Centred around a hand-drawn animation, this solo exhibition by artist Sarah Taylor Silverwood challenges the way that historical story structures can shape contemporary social narratives and relations of power. Revisiting the myth of Daphne and Apollo, the film navigates the way Daphne is pursued by Apollo, eventually escaping through physical transformation. Here, the extended chase scene is retold and abstracted through the animation and pastel-hued installations, raising questions about voice, power and the body.

Working in a range of media across animation, ceramics and print, Sarah Taylor Silverwood is interested in drawing and language and their shared histories. Recent solo projects include Crowd Show at NN Contemporary, the Multistory 2018 commission and residencies at The British Consulate in Chicago and The University of Birmingham. In 2018 she was awarded the Feeney Fellowship for work in animation. She is part of Modern Clay Co-op and Feminists Work for Change.

Daphne was commissioned by The New Art Gallery Walsall in 2019 and is presented at Aspex with support from the Interreg EU funded PONToon project.

Image: Hands still from Daphne, Sarah Taylor Silverwood, 2019