Tales from the Woods – Teresa Wilson
28 October – 14 November 2010
Teresa Wilson is an installation artist working within the space between sculpture, poetry and theatre. Wilson’s macabre puppets, made from rags and recycled materials, use imagery from fairy tales, poems and plays, to create darkly theatrical and claustrophobic environments where private dramas take place. The characters within the installations appear to be revealing a story to the viewer, but they are insubstantial, fragile and ghost like, so that their reality does not seem to relate to our reality, but to somewhere else.
‘Tales from the Woods’, is a new enigmatic work by Wilson, combining pieces from her cast of ‘characters’ with new site specific work. The installation looks at traditional fairy tales within the context of the historical building in which Arena Gallery is housed. Charming on the surface, fairy tales have a darker subtext, relating to our own human fears and anxieties. Upon entering, the viewer is invited to explore a darkly playful alternative reality, and to let it take them on their own emotional and imaginative journey.