Exchange, Group Exhibition, 2019
Aspex, Portsmouth, UK
From July - September the three artists, Susan Stockwell, Rhiannon Armstrong and Monica Bonomo will complete a series of residencies, generating new artwork in response to the theme of Exchange and its potential meanings. These residencies run alongside an exhibition of the artist’s work, exploring the exchange of skills, knowledge and experiences; ownership and the trading of items, as well as currency and value. Susan has made a large scale installation for the exhibition called Rumpelstiltskin. Comprising of hundreds of meters of cloth feeding through sewing machines, making clothes, inspired by fairy tales and their roles as metaphors for humanity. The piece comments on the international trade of clothing and textiles. Sewing machines in a range of sizes navigate and overwhelming sea of fabric and provoke us to think about the global impact of the fashion industry on people and the environment. The transformation, apparent in the Rumpelstiltskin story, spinning straw into gold, conjures up a metaphor for change, mass production and consumerism, a never-ending exchange of material, in this case gold with its associations to greed and money.