Friday August 24th 2012 – Cloth and Memory Seminar
A discursive seminar exploring issues raised by Cloth and Memory.

Images: Gail Baxter

The Seminar held to accompany Cloth and Memory was very well attended, with 29 delegates representing curators, writers, collectors and practitioners. The intention of the afternoon was that of an informal discussion – between the artists, organisers and delegates – around the theme of the exhibition.  The discussion was thoughtful, reflective and insightful.  Amongst the points raised were:

  • The relationship between the fluidity of imagery and the ambiguity of memory as could be seen in Bob White’s paintings with particular reference to edges.
  • How we understand and recognise the Gothic and the potential reading of Carol Quarini’s work as a narrative of repressed violence and the hidden menace of familiar objects.
  • The nature of memory and loss as evidenced in Beverly Ayling-Smith’s work, in particular her black wall ‘Remembering, Repeating and Working Through’. This work is one that many of the delegates had found absorbing, relating closely to the density of process she had employed.
  • The importance of the specific location: Salts Mill, the history of the building and those who have spent their lives working in the building and influence of these aspects on the work in the exhibition.
  • The qualities of cloth which make it such a suitable medium for the representation of memory and the use of metaphor in the work of the artists and other possible approaches.

At the conclusion of the seminar everyone moved downstairs to the exhibition and the discussion continued on an individual basis with the artists in front of their work.


THE FIRST CLOTH & MEMORY EXHIBITION AT SALTS MILL IS NOW CLOSED. FOR INFORMATION CONCERNING FUTURE CLOTH & MEMORY EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS, PLEASE CONTACT LESLEY MILLAR.


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