Exchange, Group Exhibition, 2019
Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, UK
From July - September the three artists, Susan Stockwell, Rhiannon Armstrong and Monica Bonomo will complete a series of projects where they are generating new artwork in response to the theme of Exchange. An exhibition of the artists' work looks at issues to do with ownership, the trading of items, currency and value. The projects also involve an exchange of skills, knowledge and experiences between the artists and with the public. For the exhibition Susan has made a large scale installation called Rumpelstiltskin, which comprises of hundreds of meters of cloth feeding through sewing machines to make clothes. It comments on the international trade of clothing and textiles; sewing machines in a range of sizes navigate an overwhelming sea of fabric and provoke us to think about the global impact of the fashion industry on people and the environment. The piece is inspired by fairy tales and their roles as metaphors for humanity. The transformation in the Rumpelstiltskin story of spinning straw into gold is utilised as a metaphor for change, mass production and consumerism; here gold with its associations of greed and money is locked into a never-ending exchange.