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  • The Bitter Cup

Tatham, Joanne and O'Sullivan, Tom, 2019, Book, The Bitter Cup Book Works, London. ISBN 9781906012885 (In Press)

Abstract or Description:

In The Bitter Cup Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan take a novelistic response to the archive of paintings and sketch books left behind by Lil Neilson upon her death in 1998. Neilson’s work is framed within a fiction that draws on Tatham and O’Sullivan’s formative experiences as artists in Scotland, and revisits people and places first used in their 2002 novella The Slapstick Mystics with Sticks.
The story of The Bitter Cup moves between the East and the West and is set largely within an historical moment during which Scottish art was radically transformed – a transformation later dubbed ‘the Glasgow Miracle’. The main protagonist, Evie, offers an unstable narrative voice that articulates the conflicts and antagonisms, desires and sexuality of her own, and the authors’ imaginary. A single image, a photograph of a painting by Lil Neilson set against the Watchie garden and the sea, interrupts the text and acts as a premonition of the stories that follows.

Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art > W190 Fine Art not elsewhere classified
School or Centre: School of Arts & Humanities
Copyright Holders: Joanne Tatham, Tom O'Sullivan
Funders: Book Works, London, Hospitalfield, Arbroath
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2019 14:59
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2019 14:59
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/4028

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