Gladys Paulus: Hinterland

Image Credit: Gladys Paulus

Black Swan Arts

01373 473980

Saturday 16 September 2017 – Saturday 14 October 2017
Opening Hours: 10am-4pm Monday to Saturday and Frome Independent Market on Sunday 1 October


Friday 15 September, 6-8pm

Ancestral healing costumes form the basis of Gladys Paulus' exhibition "Hinterland" through which she explores issues of family and remembrance, identity and belonging, war and displacement, gender and race. The costumes are made from a variety of materials but primarily hand-felted wool. Paulus is well-known for her felted animal masks which have featured in fashion shoots, films and music videos. "Hinterland" refers to an area lying beyond what is visible or known. The work is about accessing that unknown territory. The ancestral healing costumes tell the story of her father's family (Paulus was born into a Dutch-Indonesian family and raised in the Netherlands). The costumes are the result of a journey with loss but also a gesture of remembrance - a way to honour her ancestors and heal some deep ancestral trauma. Each piece in the exhibition has been made laboriously by hand from a mixture of materials but hand-felted wool is the binding factor. Felt is associated with warmth, protection and comfort, but it is wool's capacity for holding shape - "its ability to remember" - that most appeals to Paulus. The shape is stored in the fibres, so "the felt is an outward manifestation of my own journey of remembrance".

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