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Earth is Calling
October 23-11:00 am - November 3-7:00 pm
23 October – 3 November 2019
Open Daily: 11am – 7pm
Thursday 24 October
6pm – 9pm
Earth is Calling
Infinite Possibilities in the Observation of Changes
Artist: Irma Irsara
In her work, Irma Irsara draws attention to ideas relating to change. There is a clear preoccupation with nature and the envionment, partly due to her upringing in the Italian Alps, her relationship with her grandfather who owned areas of protected forest and her ongoing passion for plants and eco systems – she also studied Country Care and Conservation at Capel Manor in North London. She explores ideas of aesthetics and fragility, looking at beauty both in terms of it’s ability to mask and mislead, and it’s power to persuade and promote ideas in a a positive way.
Irsara’s focus has recently shifted to issues concerning invisible nature, micro pollution and micro fibre plastic, using micro-photography / film to produce her outcomes. She’s a member of the Quekett Microscopy club at the Natural History Museum.
Earth is Calling explores the issues through a series of fibre art pulp works, contrasting natural, organic material with man-made plastic fibre. The artist will also present time-lapse and micro time-lapse works of melting ice embedded with natural and man-made items sourced from various locations (including along the Thames foreshore). The accompanying sound track for these has been created by musician and soundscape artist Jonathan Lambert
The process for the current project has involved collaboration with creatives and conversations with members of the scientific community. The artist has also connected with primary school classes and family groups through a number of outreach events where she explored ideas of collective responsibility, shifting patterns of thinking and ultimately, learning to adapt.
Previous exhibitions include Lauderdale House, VZ Gallery, Barbican Library, Tavistock Centre, Diorama 1, Circolo di Ortisei (ITL), Bargehouse, ARTROOMS, Tower Bridge (Engine Rooms), BYOB Brighton, Murray Edwards College, London Canal Museum, Centro Trevi (ITL), 20/21, Grand Marche d’Art Contemporain (FR), BCAF, IAPMA, LAB’07 ICA.