Interwoven - Exhibition
BPW welcomes you to the opening of 'Interwoven' at the Cotton Court Gallery on September 6th (6pm - 9pm), part of Late Night Art Belfast. This mixed media exhibition by three BPW artist-members Anushiya Sundaralingam, Raquel Amat and Majella Clancy is part of the Linen Biennale NI and will re-think linen as a raw material as well as its social connotations.
Three women artists from Sri Lanka, Spain and Ireland explore linen; its historical significance in Northern Ireland as well as its links to wealth, purity and hierarchical status. Interested in how linen is worn, folded, dyed, and reused, the exhibition will include interpretations of flax production and linen thread as line as well as exploring the domestic connotations of linen usage. The artists are interested in the way in which ideas from the linen industry and printmaking can work together to reflect the intricate nature of the material and its far reaching influences. Works on show will include a variety of print techniques, textiles, ceramics and works on hand-made linen-paper.
Exhibition continues untill September 27th. Opening times vary, see below;
Saturday 8th - 10.30am - 4pm (open for EHOD NI)
Sunday 9th - Closed
Monday 10th - 11am - 4pm
Tuesday 11th - Closed
Wednesday 12th - 11am - 4pm
Thursday 13th - 11am - 4pm
Friday 14th - 11am - 2pm
Weekend 15th/16th - Closed
Monday 17th - Thursday 20th - 11am - 4pm
Friday 21st - 3pm - 7pm (Culture Night Belfast!)
Monday 24th - Friday 28th - 11am - 4pm
I am interested in connecting where I have come from to where I now live. A native of Sri Lanka, I was brought up with a strong cultural identity, and it is from there that I continue to draw inspiration for my work. Recently my work has been concentrated on elements of women’s identity. For this exhibition I will focus on the strength and durability of linen thread, drawing parallels with it and the hair of women. In particular I want to reference the symbolic significance of hair weaving, and convey how the pulling together of thousands of hairs creates a strong structure that is similar to the warp and weft process of making linen.
My work is based in the analysis of the inner world, its origins and its connections through reality. The development of mind and reality and how different environments affect consciously and un-consciously to us is always an inspiration. For this project I would like to explore the linen as a material and expand its features through different printmaking techniques leading to analyse the meaning of the linen yarn as a connection of the interface among artistic approaches and the meaning of the line/thread as an interlock of communication through visual and hidden reality. A research of its natural monochromatic colours and how they affect our soul and feelings. I will be producing hand made paper using flax, a series of prints with this paper, and installation of work with linen paper, linen fabric as well as flax and stitching thread and ceramics.
My Irish rural background acts as a starting point to examine ideas of space, place and history. Working with photographic imagery and found material references I employ strategies of gathering and reusing as both material and conceptual processes to examine and interpret ideas of landscape, experience and place. I am interested in the physicality of materials, in this project namely linen, as a critical tool for unravelling and remaking. I am interested in the language inherent in linen, namely line, weave, fold and indeed ideas around local labour and the way in which this can be folded into and become articulated through print.