SEA-MARKINGS, Solo Exhibition, 2016
Royal Shakespeare Company, Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK
SEA-MARKINGS was an exhibition developed while I was Artist in Residence at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, 2014-15.
The exhibition SEA-MARKINGS made was in response to the ongoing concerns in my practice and to the plays Othello and Merchant of Venice. It included a version of 'Sail Away' (small paper boats) which snaked across the gallery floor and included boats made from international currency, maps and text pages from the plays Othello and The Merchant of Venice. Here referring to sea faring, battles, trade and life's dreams, storms and sirens. Accompanying 'Sail Away' in the gallery were framed drawings and textiles - 'To Die Upon a Kiss' - coffee stained handkerchief quilt 1.5mx1m x5cm, 'Bear Pitt' - embroidered handkerchief 30cmx30cm x3cm, 'I am Not What I am' coffee drawing 32cmx25cm x3cm, Boat, Storm Drawings in progress and 'Unknown Voyage: Shakespeare Quilt' -RSC collection, currency, maps, ribbon 98cmx98cmx4cm. The site-specific installation, 'Sail Painting' hung in over 3 storeys in the two front of theatre atrium spaces at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. It consisted of 30 or so appropriated used sails, alongside sails made from old sacks used to trade food stuffs around the world. The sails hung at various angles in the multi-level building, creating different perspectives that depended on one’s vantage point. The viewer could have been walking inside a three dimensional abstract painting. Photos - Gina Print©Royal Shakespeare Company ©Susan Stockwell ©Jeff Leyshon