Nov 2009 –March 2010
The Crafts Study centre Farnham, University of the Creative Arts
and UK tour
The exhibition takes as its starting point the great painting by Poussin A Dance to the Music of Time in the Wallace collection, London. Alice Kettle brings her formidable skill and a dramatic painterly sense of colour and narrative to bear on this painting to create a remarkable sequence of machine-stitched works. The centre piece of the exhibition is the large panel Pause II reclaimed II with its very personal depiction of the artist and her daughters, using fragments of her mother’s dresses. The commanding figure of Janus is also present in this work, and it is echoed by a new ceramic piece by Stephen Dixon.
Prof Simon Olding