• Gothic Pleasures

de Cordova, Denise, 2016, Show, Exhibition or Event, Gothic Pleasures

Abstract or Description:

A series of works were produced for 'Gothic Pleasures' with the intention of exploring the psychological tensions that play out in terms of understanding the gothic as a site of excess and transformation. Particular film and literature references are used to create characters that might embody the notion of the gothic and put upon, afflicted heroine. In a contemporary context , does this become comic and absurd or tragic? Two pairs of swooning ceramic figures were made as a homage to Peter Weir's 'Picnic at Hanging Rock'(1976), a classic fainting girls film with memorable scenes of infectious communal hysteria where collapse becomes an almost erotic and bodied experience. A silver tipped oar in another work alludes to a scene in The Mill on the Floss (1860) by George Elliot (Mary Ann Evans), when Maggie Tulliver's spends too long drifting down stream in a boat with a member of the opposite sex- compromising her reputation. An additional work is a type of ghost stone memorial that examines the gothic trope of the mourned dead bride: Edgar Allen Poe's Ligeia (1838). The group exhibition was curated by Emma Hill. Other exhibiters were Arabel Rosillo de Blas, Elaine Brown, Harriet Mena Hill and Sarah Sparkes.

Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art
Creative Arts and Design > W900 Others in Creative Arts and Design
School or Centre: School of Arts & Humanities
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2018 18:49
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2018 15:48
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/3210

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