4.30PM - 6.00PM
Speaker: Dr Elizabeth Anderson and Charmian Pollok
Venue: D3, Pathfoot Building, University of Stirling
Elizabeth and Charmian will discuss their collaborative work and the exhibition 'The Pebbles Were Each One Alive’ The Spiritual Life of Things which is Charmian’s artistic response to Elizabeth’s research.
The talk will be followed by the formal launch of the exhibition. Refreshments will be provided.
'My research considers the spiritual life of things in the work of women writers from the early twentieth century. For these writers, objects (manufactured, handmade or natural) often have particular spiritual resonances. They speak to the mystery of things while also locating spirituality firmly in the material world. In these writers’ texts objects mobilise creativity, move between domestic and public space and provide a meeting between the numinous and the mundane. In thinking about the spiritual life of things and the way domestic and natural objects function, I was drawn to the work of Charmian Pollok, whose creations from found objects and natural materials speak to the connections between nature and culture, between the sacred and the everyday.
I met Charmian through the Art Collection. We began to discuss my research and her work and found many points of connection. Charmian read Mary Butts’ memoir The Crystal Cabinet and was immediately drawn to Mary Butts’ early life of solitary observation, collection and display, noting a similarity with her own childhood experiences. Many of the pieces in this collection were crafted with this connection in mind. The exhibition as a whole reflects the affinity between our ways of thinking and working.'
Elizabeth Anderson is an Impact Research Fellow at the University of Stirling. Her project is titled ‘The Spiritual Life of Things: materialism and spirituality in the work of Virginia Woolf, Mary Butts, H.D. and Gwendolyn Brooks’.
Charmian Pollok was a mature student at Glasgow School of Art and began to realise that her long practice of collecting could be transformed into found object art works. She often uses her own papers made from plants growing where particular objects where found. Charmian has exhibited locally and internationally with work in many private collections.
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