Dust-up by Alexandra Sutherland


Thursday 23rd January 6:00pm – Sunday 23rd February 2020

The Hidden Wardrobe, Old Northam Road, Southampton, SO14 0SN

The second in a series of new commissions for the windows of the Hidden Wardrobe on Old Northam Road.

Alexandra’s multidisciplinary practice explores themes of femininity, domesticity and ritual. She is interested in the romanticism and sensuality of drapery, found objects that evoke memories and analogue photography; collecting and arranging each component to reveal an uncanny new form.

“Dust-up is an accumulation of objects and memories – an assembly of possessions that evoke potent emotions for the artist. The presence of drapery remains in this work, initially suggesting ideas of romanticism and grandeur. But on closer inspection the work confesses it’s own tarnished appearance, it runs on struggle and disorder before it can present itself. To contrast, amongst the install of gathered items are tender ceramic outcomes. Ornate in their form and entangled in their own plaited detail, they act as vessels lacking function. Dust-up invites the viewer to engage with the artist’s intentional struggle.”

Join us at the Hidden Wardrobe from 6pm on Friday 23rd January for an informal BYOB launch event where you’ll have the chance to see the work and hear from the artist.