Liminal Matter
31st August - 9th September
Heritage Gallery, University of Greenwich

An Exhibition held in association with Greenwich Maritime Centre and Totally Thames

The exhibition explores the notion of ‘Liminal Matter’ in relation to the constantly shifting dynamic of the shore and its material. Working with objects washed up by the River Thames and the North Sea, Cannon creates subtle interventions which tap into their delicate transitory state. Her needle and thread mirrors the rhythmic action of the waves as she mimics the gradual accumulation of rust and organic matter by laboriously stitching together clusters of tiny beads. Alluding to processes of regeneration and acts of preservation, Cannon investigates the shifting territory between artefact and debris, functional and aesthetic, and cultural and biological.

Central to the exhibition is the major sculptural work ‘In Transition’ derived from an object washed up on Dunwich Beach, Suffolk, and identified as probable wreckage from the funnel or ventilator of a ship. The ebb and flow of the tide has begun to erode away at its identity, leaving an abstract structure with an opening longitudinally inviting access inside. Decades under the sea have ‘painted’ the internal surface with a patina of rich colours and textures.

Close scrutiny reveals the artist’s interventions, the crumbling surface subtly mutating into a bejewelled crust as it is quietly colonized by bead embroidery. A residue of rust accumulates around the rim of the object, which is retained in acknowledgement of its continued degradation. Embracing the transitional nature of the work, Cannon continues to respond to its evolution and will be working publicly in the gallery throughout the exhibition. Dialogue with visitors is encouraged as the artist hopes to engage people in her process of research through art-making and ideas around Marine Conservation and Heritage.

Events

Opening Reception: Wed 30th Aug, 6.00-9.00 pm, with artist's tour at 7.00 pm Please RSVP to info@lizziecannon.com

Reading Group: Thurs 31st Aug, 6.30-8.30 pm Book now

River Yarns: A sewing circle and storytelling event: Fri 1st Sept, 6-7.30pm Book now

Engine Chat Chat (Artist’s Crit): Mon 4th Sept, 6.30-8.30pm Book now


Heritage Gallery
Queen Anne Court
University of Greenwich
Old Royal Naval College
Park Row
Greenwich
SE10 9LS

greenwichunigalleries.co.uk/find-us/

Open
Thursday 31st Aug, 9am - 9.30pm
Friday 1st Sept, 9am - 7:30pm
Saturday 2nd Sept, 9am - 1pm
Monday 4th Sept, 9am - 9:30pm
Tuesday 5th Sept, 9am - 8:00pm
Wednesday 6th Sept, 9am - 8:00pm
Thursday 7th Sept, 9am - 8:00pm
Friday 8th Sept, 9am - 7:30pm
Saturday 9th Sept, 9am - 5:30pm


This event is kindly supported by Arts Council England National Lottery funding and is part of Totally Thames 2017 that runs from 1-30 September

artscouncil.org.uk
gre.ac.uk/ach/gmc
totallythames.org/