28 March 2012
The heavily painted subjects of Boo Ritson’s photographic portraits focused on the various layers that make up persona. For her second solo exhibition with Poppy Sebire – On The Way To The Ocean - Ritson turns her attention to the American landscape with a series of mixed media works that investigate the relationship of identity and representation to place.
Ritson casts the characters and spaces that constitute the proverbial American Dream, albeit one that is imagined and imaged through a specifically British lens. Here, the scenic environments constitute a virtual America, their story, a journey along a trail towards the ocean. They reiterate the romantic dream of the New World, one both borne out of nineteenth-century women’s writing and developed in Pop art.
However, the picturesque American landscape is manufactured through elements found closer to home, in Chesham, England. Fabricated landscapes, both familiar and slightly ominous, create settings in which the unknown may manifest. Images and sculptures have been variously moulded, photographed, digitally worked and reprinted.
This multi-layered process of collage echoes the convoluted and fragmented nature of identity.
Poppy Sebire, All Hallows Hall,
6 Copperfield Street, London, SE1 0EP
Private view: Thursday 29 March,
6.30 – 8.30pm
Exhibition continues 30 March – 5 May 2012
Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday
10am- 6pm or by appointment
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