• 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.

Gothic PleasuresLondon19 May - 11June 2016Mixed show
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: 28 Nov 2019 15:27
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/3210
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