24 Monday 24th March 2014
The lost beauty of the dead is revisited and revived in a new solo show by artist Jessica Albarn: Resurrection. Running at the Crypt, Bristol over the Easter weekend, this unique event connects an ancient and symbolic space with modern concerns of extinction and the preservation of the rare and the dying.
Discussing her motivation for the show Albarn commented:
‘My interest in death began when as a child my first rabbit died and I dug it up. I must have been five or six at the time. What drove me to do it was my desire to resurrect my rabbit and hold on to the life that was lost. It was an experience that had a big impact on my creativity in future years. I draw dead things because I want to draw out the beauty, preserve it and disconnect it from the decay. I treasure it and in some sense resurrect it.’
‘For this exhibition I have collaborated with Art director/ Curator Andy Phipps who happened across the Crypt of St. John the Baptist Church (hidden behind a very small door in the old town wall) whilst taking photographs for 2012’s ‘See No Evil’ street art festival. Its serine atmosphere contrasts sharply with the largely uninspiring architecture in the surrounding area which, following the success of ‘See No Evil‘, is undergoing major regeneration. This urban rebirth fitted perfectly with what I had in mind for the work.'
Resurrection runs from 18-27 April at the Crypt, Bristol.
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