The Whirling World by Annabel Tennyson-Davies

Exhibitions, Free, In Person, RIPE

Friday 9th August – Friday 13th September 2024

The Hidden Wardrobe, 92 Old Northam Road, Southampton SO14 0PB

Annabel’s practice explores the phenomenon of vertigo using her personal experience of stability/instability. She often uses her own figurative form as the basis for her experimentation and amalgamates physical and digital outputs to resolve the issues of balance.


“Our planet whirls and while it revolves we strive to remain balanced. The Whirling World highlights the hidden role of our inner ears and their effects on attaining physical balance in our everyday lives. It is the result of my investigations into physical stability and the mechanisms which negate it; issues presented by my continuing vertigo. I take a humorous examination of mechanisms involved, offering sculptural solutions to maintain equilibrium when things go wrong. We view ear windows’ through the windows and the other structures which in reality are small and hidden, now become centre stage and larger than life, separate yet interacting, striving for stability in the whirling world. Instead of being glued to the floor, sculptures are suspended from the ceiling, free to whirl or
remain stationary depending on the prevailing conditions inside the window. The component parts of the inner ears, normally just millimetres long in the human ear are reimagined in sizes visible to passers-by and in eye catching colours.”


Annabel uses recycled materials including: old newspapers and discarded household materials such as paint and wood. Sculptures are suspended using the ratchet straps she uses to hold her larger 3D print works steady after gluing. Annabel embraces how 3D print resolves issues of physical balance through Al generated supports, leaving them in as a perfect solution.


The Whirling World will be on display in the windows of the Hidden Wardrobe from Friday 9th August until Sunday 13th September and is free to visit.


Join us on Friday 9th August at 6pm for the launch event at the Hidden Wardrobe on Old Northam Road where you will have the opportunity to explore the exhibition up close and be able to meet the artist.


Get your FREE tickets for the Launch Event on Friday 9th August HERE


If you are unable to attend don’t worry, we will also be simultaneously launching the exhibition online on our YouTube channel.

Read more about Annabel on the RIPE website HERE
Get your FREE tickers to the launch event HERE