An interpretation on Virginia Woolf's novel. Focus upon The Waves
These unassuming sculptures were positioned to peek out from behind colleagues’ work, offering visual punctuation, so the viewer could re-examine and question the entire exhibition. Her work is small and intimate and focused on death. Every piece, echoes the darker side of Woolf's life and novels. Woolf was a casualty of bereavement, abuse, social conditioning, medical ignorance and by-polar which led to her suicide. Throughout her novels Woolf used rooms and windows as her metaphor for a person’s personal space in a period of extreme emotional restriction and internal turbulence brought about by social conditioning.
Lorrain as curator, incorporated this theme, referencing the architectural and intimate physical constraints in Woolf’s life. She positioned artworks to offer sightlines through empty picture frames, or screened views through an abundance of dead trees. Each encounter was aimed to offer a sensory experience, as a way into the body of work.
Despite Woolf being considered one of the foremost modernist female writers of the 20th Century, her narrative can present a challenge to read. It was to make her Woolf's works more accessible that was the inspiration behind these series of exhibitions.
Sensing the essence of Virginia Woolf’s novels on themes requiring resolution; the status of women in society, decay, rejuvenation and the consequences of war.