to the exhibition
The idea of Keeper had been with me for some years – that I would perform a piece for which I would manage a space full of objects over a period of time. When Mission Gallery offered this opportunity, the work developed in discussion with Amanda Roderick and other gallery staff, and with Owen Griffiths. The notion of a number of roles or characters became the plan to invite others to mind the space for periods of the exhibition.
I have returned repeatedly to Jane Rendell’s writing for insight about both space and place, but also the processes and structure of writing. Her essay ‘The Welsh Dresser’ provided an example of deconstructed writing presented in a particular visual format – it was also about Rendell’s connection to Wales. When I emailed her to see if she would take part, she responded immediately and positively.
Kathryn Faulkner is an old friend and colleague, and I had long admired her photographic work, characterised by a quiet, thoughtful response to the book and space. We had met living and working in London, but Faulkner had grown up in Swansea. Inviting her back seemed appropriate and her calm and charismatic presence within the gallery, and the pleasure of those who had Biblioscription consultations confirmed that decision.
Karen Ingham is a colleague and supervised the writing and making of my MPhil dissertation. When I spoke with her about the project she showed such interest that I realised she was the other keeper I was looking for, and that her professionalism and enthusiasm would add so much to the project.
Bella Kerr has been an active practitioner since graduating, creating work that that has spanned installation, small-scale multiples, film and set design, and exhibiting in a range of contexts. Recent work has been expressed in the form of large-scale installation, written research, digital prints and an ongoing interactive project. Educated in fine art and film at Central School of Art, Middlesex Polytechnic and Goldsmiths College, Kerr was awarded an MPhil by Swansea Metropolitan University in 2008. She is currently programme Director of the Foundation Art and Design at Swansea Metropolitan UWTSD.
Kathryn Faulkner, a fine art photographer specialising in pinhole images has exhibited widely and contributed to several publications. She has taught photography since 1990 and is currently Course Leader of the Photography Professional Practice and Academic Portfolio Course, for Artscom at the University of the Arts and Associate Lecturer on the MA Photography and Fine Art BA 4D at Central Saint Martins. Faulkner attended the Foundation Art and Design course in Swansea, studied Fine Art at Maidstone College of Art and was awarded an MFA Fine Art (Media) by the Slade School of Art in 2008.
Karen Ingham is a lens-based artist and writer and a Reader in Art and Science Interactions at Swansea Metropolitan University. She holds a doctorate in research into historical and contemporary art and science collaborations in the anatomical theatre, and her work is internationally exhibited and disseminated. Her practice often addresses the museum space and museology and her fascination with the Wunderkammer (Wonder Chamber) is reflected in her interest in the intersections between art, science and technology.
Jane Rendell is currently Professor in Architecture and Art at the Bartlett School of Architecture. She has published widely, authored and edited several publications, including Art and Architecture: A Place Between, 2006 and Site-Writing: The Architecture of Criticism, 2010, and curated several exhibitions and events. Educated at the University of Sheffield, University of Edinburgh, the Bartlett School, UCL, Rendell has taught in a number of contexts and was awarded a PhD by Birkbeck College, University of London in 1998.