Imogen Rigden: Lace Weight
This multi-media show was conceived during research for a trip to the Atlantic islands of St. Kilda.
Evacuated on August 29th, 1930, the exhausted population had elected to leave their home island, Hirta, occupied by their forebears for four thousand years. This is of constant relevance as people travel to escape the effects of climate change and conflict.
The artist contemplates how the disintegration of any community affects cultural continuity and the well-being of women. The security of our own networks and the potential pain of isolation are explored through the existence and destruction of
a lace weight shawl.
Careful drawings of feathers speak of versatility, resourcefulness and strength
but also of vulnerability as we navigate hostile environments. Paintings, drawings and sculptural pieces evoke an outward journey of courage, optimism and fearfulness. Unwalkable landscapes continue the theme of travel into an uncertain world
The North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN
Wed 16 Jan 2019 to Sat 2 Feb 2019