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Review of Vanitas Exhibition

February 10, 2013 , In: Art, Exhibitions, Interviews, Photography, Wetplate , With: No Comments


Many thanks to Melissa Tricoire for this lovely review of John Brewer’s and my exhibition at the Double Negative Darkroom, Hackney!

Here’s an extract –

“Magic emanates from Brewer’s still lifes, creating a theatre of curiosities with human skulls, candles, medical instruments, tarot cards and other memento mori. The photographer’s series of acrylotype plates entitled Fragmented Dolls is remarkable for its artistry and kookiness. In these fascinating portraits, we see star dolls pre-dating the seventies made of porcelain or cheap plastic. But their rosebud cheeks, smiling faces and blinking eyes have long been lost – the toys of old now only present a decaying form covered with cracks and chips, bathing in spookiness and grotesqueness.

Vanitas also showcases pieces by writer and artist Kate Horsley, whose multi-media art mixes literature and photography. Her tintypes merge with altered books and her wooden peep boxes create a series of uncanny literary tableaux where the viewer is captivated by such fantastical creatures as a baby-headed spider, flying dolls and stuffed animals.” Read more…

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I'm a writer living in Manchester with my artist husband, a child and a dog. My first novel was shortlisted for the Scottish First Book of the Year Award and my second came out with William Morrow (US) and Harper Collins (UK) and was translated by South Korean press Tomato Publishing.