ECHOES Turner Sims 22.01.18 - 16.03.18 - works on paper and linen
Lucy Ash’s exhibition at Turner Sims featured a cycle of works created as a response to the melodies, lyrics and themes of Clowes’ album 'My Iris'.
Echoes is the visual expression of a rich inner dialogue exploring ideas around mythology, migration, and time – all recurring themes in Ash’s work. In their vibrancy and colour, her paintings echo and complement the sound world offered by Clowes and her ensemble.
Iris 01, 02, 03 and the studies created in preparation of the two main canvasses – consider the symbolism of Iris. An abstract interplay of air and water (suggested by the cloud-nymph/sea-god coupling that resulted in her birth), the association of Iris with the physical eye and with a rainbow – itself a bridge between the different aspects of self. The canvasses also express the hope and vitality Iris is seen to represent.
Homeland, Distant Voices, Fragments and Silent Ties explore the theme of forced migration. Homeland 1 & 2 evoke both the intransigent landscape as well as migratory flows. Distant Voices and Fragments relate to memory and the preservation of cultural rituals evident among displaced people. Silent Ties was inspired by Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian’s deeply moving description of the silent void left in cultures as a result of forced migration.
Notions of time are represented by Time Sleeps. The Improvisation studies focus on the restorative power of music – joyously lifting the heart and soothing the soul.