Next Tuesday is the opening night for Collectible. It’s going to be a very busy one with 67 artists exhibiting and with the dynamic duo of Rosalind Davis and Annabel Tilley curating and organising the event.
I will have two works on show – Metamorphosis, a double cast of a child’s plastic doll. It’s an eerie reminder of childhood fears and of how our fears can harness the power of things and people that are close to us. The duality of projected innocence and the darkness that fear creates.
The second work is another cast piece. I have cast a small statue of the Virgin Mary in white chocolate, called Yummy Mummy. It’s a very direct challenge on the authenticity of the cult of the virgin, hailed so dear by catholics. On a visit to Lourdes as a child I was struck by the commodification of religion. Aged about 11, I remember queuing with my mum for holy water, plastic Virgin bottle in hand, I was nearly trampled under foot by eager crowds desperate to get their hands on the precious liquid. The abundance of market stalls and shops selling merchandise was extraordinary and seemed in stark contrast to the message of love and healing promised to the pilgrim
Tuesday 17th April 2012 6.30-8.30
ASC, Bond House, Goodwood Road, New Cross, London, SE14 6BL
Exhibition continues 18-28 April Thursday – Saturday 1-5 pm
Open for SLAM Last Fridays, Friday 27 April 6-8.30 pm
Artists and curators in dialogue Saturday 28 April 4-5 pm