‘The Lost and The Found’ – Bolton Art Gallery

tabitha-moses-03.jpgLiverpool artist, Tabitha Kyoko Moses has a new exhibition at Bolton Museum and Art Gallery which sounds really interesting. Haven’t been to Bolton for a while and I don’t think I’ve ever been to their gallery, may take a day trip soon.

The Lost and the Found, an exhibition by Tabitha Moses

24th February to 28th April 2007

Tabitha makes artefacts from discarded and unwanted items she finds in charity shops and flea markets. She selects materials to work with which bear the weight of memory and the marks of time. She re-considers the psychic and physical impressions left by previous owners, creating her work from stained, worn, torn and mended cloth.

The objects Tabitha makes are tokens of remembrance, souvenirs and relics. They are exquisitely hand stitched, from a distance they appear delicate and seductive, but up close they may repulse. This is achieved through the use of materials such as stained cloth, teeth, bone and human hair. The audience is forced to question the very notion of beauty.

Tabitha has been commissioned to create a number of new artworks in response to the Museum’s collection. These will be displayed alongside a selection of Tabitha’s earlier work, including some previously unseen work. The exhibition will also include a selection of objects from the museums own collection that have been a source of inspiration to Tabitha.

This exhibition has been created in partnership with 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe and funded by the Arts Council, England and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

A publication called “The Lost And The Found” will also be available. This includes photographic documentation of Tabitha’s work to date and an insightful essay by Alex Michon, artist, writer and co-director of the Transition Gallery in East London, which places Tabitha’s practice within the contemporary visual arts scene.