Material Possession


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Door: Christine Bruce

This exhibition proposes material objects as repositories of memory, as artefacts with histories that mark our identities and our place on the earth. The work is produced using cyanotype and etching techniques on fabric. The artist references the unusual memoir of a 19th century Scottish fishwife, Christian Watt, whose tale of loss and dispossession played out against a backdrop of industrialisation of the fishing industry. The largely unwritten lives of ordinary people often have to be interpreted through their few mute possessions that outlive them: so it is with the Wevershuisje itself.  Using the blue colouring of the cyanotype process to evoke a dreamlike quality, the artist invites viewers to consider everyday belongings and humble dwellings as poetic objects and spaces.