Sweet Plums, Solo Exhibition, 2015
Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, 11 Church Street, London, UK
A solo exhibition of work made in 2014/5. Including works from the exhibition 'SEA-MARKINGS' at the Royal Shakespeare Company and the silk bobbin and red thread series, 'Sweet Plums'.
In this exhibition Susan Stockwell unwinds the recurring themes and motives of her work and practice, considering a range of concerns including identity, geo-politics, migration and trade. Subverting and appropriating maps, money and a range of everyday household objects these works suggest the ‘other,’ a separateness. As world-wide conflicts are creating mass upheaval and migration, vast numbers of people are undertaking perilous journey’s to seek refuge. Using embroidery, silk and other delicate fabrics Stockwell highlight’s both femininity and the heirloom, private and family intimacy, things often taken for granted until lost. This exhibition included the installation work, 'Sweet Plums', 2 boxes containing versions of Sweet Plums, 'Blood Lines 1 & 2', a version of 'Sail Painting', drawings, embroidered, coffees stained handkerchiefs and a handkerchief quilt called 'To Die Upon a Kiss'. The downstairs gallery was taken over by an installation of sails, 'Sail Painting', which engaged the viewer physically by obstructing the way into the gallery space. As if walking through a three-dimensional abstract painting the installation forces the viewer to navigate their own course and to reflect upon the world.