Stella Whalley exhibition
Date: 15th Jul 2016
A Senior Lecturer in Fine Art in the School of Arts & Creative Industries is exhibiting her Research Development Fund Symposium at Bucks New University.
Stella Whalley's exhibition, called Scribes Lines… Fragmented Actions, is open until Wednesday 20 July and features a series of drawings following Stella's prestigious Nakajono Biennale, in Japan, in 2015.
The theme of the Biennale was to make links between local traditions, industry and contemporary art and Stella was commissioned to create a site-specific installation in one of the historical buildings, Yumoto House.
During her research for the project, which interrogates links between site, place, location and history, Stella examined possible connections and contradictions in the former use of the building as both a silk farm and a hospital. Her installation used 1,000 meters of silver yarn, three drawings (220cm x 82cm each), and sound recordings to evoke memories and ghosting.
Stella said: "The current exhibition is a series of ink drawings. The drawings capture the visible traces of past human activity such as stains, scratches, and notches on delicate Japanese paper."
Stella was an Arts Council-funded artist in residence in Tokyo in 2004 and a large part of her work has since drawn inspiration from Japanese art and culture.
In 2007 she produced a book entitled Tokyo Tales, funded by Sasakawa Foundation, followed by a solo exhibition Tokorode, meaning 'By the way', funded by the British Council and DIAWA foundation in 2008.
Other exhibitions have included 'Closely Held Secrets' at Bonnington Gallery, Nottingham, in 2010; 'Strange Peace/Panic Room' a collaborative video /sound installation by Whalley and Bricheno, presented by TWOPLUSONE at Paper Tiger, in Exhibition Road, London; 'Grafik Apparel' exhibition at London Print Studio in 2011 and 'London Calling Tehran' in 2012 at the 7Samar Gallery in Tehran, Iran.
Picture captions: Stella Whalley and the Scribes Lines… Fragmented Actions exhibition.