Jules Findley / News / Sun 26th Feb 2012 LOSS, Chichester Cathedral 18th February - 29th March 2012
LOSS by Jules Findley and Alice Kettle, at Chichester Cathedral North Transept, February 18th - March 29th 2012 an exhibition of textile art which examines bereavement
Whatever event has caused our particular loss, the impact of losing something or someone significant will change our perception on life forever.
“Loss is a part of our atomic make-up: as energy persists and develops, so it creates memory of place and time. Our world is a remnant of others’ loss and will be so for those beyond us: much of our presence is confirmed by what we leave behind us. How much easier it is to dispense with a loved one’s possessions when they are still alive is an indication of that shift from the inanimate to shrine.”
(Jeremy Theophilus 2011)
Loss comes in many guises and implicit in loss is the process of grieving. Loss can be a personal emotional, loss of life, loss of home, loss of status or a shared experience of loss of land, of cultural identity and loss of country. Within the many losses in our lives death is undoubtedly the biggest yet the trauma of a relationship break up can be akin to a bereavement without the corpse; through surgery there can be loss of expectation, or the loss of a broken promise; there also can be loss of hope.
Where does that leave us, collectively and as individuals? How do we feel?
The work in this exhibition explores issues associated with particular loss, which may resonate with a shared and wider experience.
Exhibition on Bereavement:
Eight installations will be held in an Exhibition at Chichester Cathedral’s North Transept in February 2012 by Jules Findley in collaboration with Alice Kettle. Alice Kettle and Jules Findley explore the subject of loss using a variety of media and informed by their own individual experiences of loss. Alice Kettle uses the impact of global events such as the Japanese earthquake and Tsunami in 2011, as her subjects. She utilises them as symbols of the human condition in conflict, disaster and rebirth. She uses stitched panels and ceramic works made by Alex McErlain, to portray the loss of land, the loss of landscape and the loss of life. The works are however optimistic in focus, as they also examine renewal and rediscovery.
Jules Findley makes pieces that have significant meaning, the white stitched curtain made out of ripped taffeta, the knitted babies clothes in black unmade up, still in pieces, the blanket dedicated to a mother, relics of domesticity now torn apart. There is also an interactive installation where the public are encouraged to post a loss. The haptic nature of the cloth touching the back of the hand when posting the loss, will give the public a sensation of intimacy with the exhibit and highlight the value of touch.
Exhibition “LOSS” by Jules Findley with Alice Kettle, at Chichester Cathedral North Transept, February 18th - March 29th 2012
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