Between January and April, Aspex Gallery will be hosting TRANSFORMATION, their programme for winter 2020. This solo exhibition by artist Sarah Taylor Silverwood was commissioned by The New Art Gallery Walsall in 2019 and is presented at Aspex with support from the University of Portsmouth‘s Interreg EU funded PONToon project.
The Exhibition Preview & Launch for TRANSFORMATION will take place on Thursday 16th January 2020 from 6PM until 8PM, and then will be open from 17th January to 11th April. The evening will also be an opportunity to see Traces, a craft showcase of ice-cream coloured ceramic vessels from Brighton University graduate Kitty Hall, as well as a community exhibition of artwork exploring potential futures for the city of Portsmouth, created during Transformation 2020 – a family workshop with artist Abi Gilchrist.
Sarah Taylor Silverwood’s exhibition Daphne challenges the way that historical story structures can shape contemporary social narratives and relations of power. Revisiting the myth of Daphne and Apollo, the film navigates the way Daphne is pursued by Apollo, eventually escaping through physical transformation. Here, the extended chase scene is retold and abstracted through the animation and pastel-hued installations, raising questions about voice, power and the body.
Working in a range of media across animation, ceramics and print, Sarah Taylor Silverwood is interested in drawing and language and their shared histories. Recent solo projects include Crowd Show at NN Contemporary, the Multistory 2018 commission and residencies at The British Consulate in Chicago and The University of Birmingham. In 2018 she was awarded the Feeney Fellowship for work in animation. She is part of Modern Clay Co-op and Feminists Work for Change.