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10 - 27 February 2007

Angela Cockayne : Bewilder Land

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This exciting exhibition by Angela Cockayne (who has recently been appointed joint lead artist on the new Clark’s multi million pound sustainable housing development in Street, Somerset) included sculpture, installation, photography and film.

Cockayne’s inventive use of materials undermines and inverts conventional meaning by, for example, displacing sharks for aeroplanes and duvets for white whales. Robins are mutated with crayfish and mallards. Her transformation of objects yields an array of unusual pieces in unexpected forms. Objects are adorned with lemon pips and hair, picket fences are painted in white chocolate, flames rising from a house are made of lipstick.

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Although her subjects have a sense of foreboding there is a lightness and humour in what she calls the ‘poetics of objects’. Fear and cultural anxiety are subjects that recur throughout her work. Through irony and playfulness she provides a timely commentary on the global, political ambiguities of our time.

The critic Anna Finel Honigman recently described her work as, “international, compelling, showcasing issues, materials and methods inspired by feminist theory and women’s common experiences”.

‘Any Day Now’ the installation of 364 robins shown in St Paul’s Cathedral, London as well as in Minnesota and Beijing, was first shown at the Jerwood Space, London as Britain invaded Iraq. The piece resonates with a collective conscience, 364 robins - Britain’s popular but fiercely territorial birds - stand united as if in a common cause.

The exhibition also showcased three new inter-related works: ‘Mapping’, ‘Mind Prey’ and ‘Response’, works that in themselves don’t so much hold answers, as ask the viewer to consider the question.

Angela Cockayne was born in Yorkshire in 1959 and lectures at Bath Spa University.

Further information: forgeprojects.co.uk

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