Dreaming through –on & into the exotic

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Private View: 4th of April 19.00 – 21.00

Exhibition Dates: 4th of April – 18th of May

Opening times: Mon. – Fri. 11:00 – 17:00

In the show Dreaming through –on & into the exotic paula roush and maria lusitano present a mixed media collage salon, which explores travel and collage as interlinked cultural feminine practices in its relationship to contemporary art.

Through their multilayered visual essays and publications, paula and maria revisit narratives, which combine historical archive and speculative fiction into the study of the modernist collage- novel.

The main subjects of these works range from Mary Delany’s invention of botanical collage (Flora Delanica, 1772-1782), to Max Ernst’s collage novel Une Semaine de Bonté (A Week of Goodness, 1934) and Valentine Penrose’ poem-collage Dons des Feminines (Gifts of the Feminine, 1951).

This journey makes visible ways in which collage creates spaces that facilitate experiments with botanical taxonomies as metaphors for gender and sexuality and also a critique of the domestic setting conveyed through escapist dreams and travel to exotic locations.

These works were developed in residency at Stockwell Studios (former Annie McCall’s hospital) and are a tribute to the artist’s community that built the studios’ wild life garden, a constant source of inspiration.

paula roush & maria lusitano have collaborated since 2009 and their work has been exhibited internationally. Their work is among collections such as the National Art Library, the artists’ books collection in the Victoria & Albert Museum and The bookRoom, the artists’ books collection at the University for the Creative Arts.

roush and lusitano were born in Portugal and currently live and work in London