Image: Ruth Eckland


The exhibition explores what it is to lose something, someone, some direction and some sense of self. But is it so bad to be a flaneur, flaneuse, in wanderlust, in terra incognita, a nomad, a shaman, a drifter?

A fantastic array of international artists come together in one space to find lucidity in that loss. Through various retrieval methodologies the artists explore navigational strategies, emotional celibacy, memories, reinvention, survival skills and escapism. Work exhibited include film, animation, photography, installations, drawings, paintings and sculpture to keep hold of old ties, retrace steps and to experience the joy of retrieval.

The exhibition asks the audience how we find clarity and closure when the subject has ceased. It allows the artists to answer how the unforeseen is evitable not calculated or measured because ultimately our possessions may have disappeared but we are still here.

Image: Ellen Jantzen

Carolyn Morton

Birmingham, UK

‘Embroidered Truths: (your) absence is felt more than (your) presence’

(Calico, hand stitched with silk thread 25.5 x 21.5cm)

My practice is about transformation through the process of making; transforming experiences as well as materials, recalibrating memories from loss to renewal.

‘Embroidered Truths’ draws on traditions of samplers as displays of domestic skills and home truths. Recalling samplers as both a method of learning and display of growing prowess, mine is threaded with personal narrative. In the wake of my father’s death I stitched on my commute literally making myself better.