Installations in the Blue Gallery and the Ice House at Brantwood – John Ruskin’s home
Brantwood Coniston Cumbria LA21 8AD
23 July – 19 September 2021
10.30am – 4.30pm Friday 23rd & Saturday 24th July
If you are planning to visit the exhibition, please let me know!
Artist’s talk details to be confirmed
Due to current restrictions, please register at the Admission ‘booth in the Car Park on arrival. You may be asked to wait as numbers inside at any one time are limited. The Terrace Café, gardens and Treasury are open throughout the day. Please note that entry on other dates is by pre-booked timed tickets BOOK HERE Covid measures are in place. Masks must be worn. All arrangements are subject to changes in Government advice.
For my upcoming exhibition at Brantwood, I am creating two site specific art installations. THE MIND HAS MOUNTAINS is an immersive installation for Brantwood’s Blue Gallery. The visitor entering the gallery will be surrounded by a room filling vista made up of large unframed etchings extending from floor to ceiling. These are images of structures from inside the human skull, evoking a mountainous landscape reminiscent of the Lake District and the Swiss Alps where she grew up and which Ruskin frequently visited. He famously said that ‘Mountains are the bones of the earth‘ and he utilized the skeleton metaphor recurrently in his works using it to invoke the very essence of a thing.
This gallery used to be Ruskin’s library; the images, being structures from the inside of the human skull, shift the space into a place where consciousness resides – a space to think, like the library it used to be.
In the Ice House located in Brantwood Gardens, I will be showing a site-specific light and sound installation. I am collaborating with sound artist Natasha Lohan, who is creating a special soundscape for the location. The viewer, immersed in the soundscape will encounter the installation CROWN OF CREATION which slowly pulsating fades into the dark and lights up again questioning our perception of human supremacy over nature.
Peter Bromley, with the support from 1968 Film Group, is creating a new documentary ‘Carol Wyss – In Situ’. The film covers making the work for Brantwood including the planning at my London Studio and printmaking at the Thames-Side Print Studio in Woolwich.
This has been one of the most technically and conceptually ambitious projects I have undertaken. It would not have been possible without the following organisations, businesses, and people:
Swiss Cultural Fund
1968 Film Group
Carol Wyss In Situ
Thames-side Print Studio
J. Yuen Ling Chiu
John Purcell Paper