Olivia Louvel: The Sculptor Speaks

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Alongside our exhibition, 'Barbara Hepworth: Art and Life', you can view 'The Sculptor Speaks' – a looped audio-visual work by artist and composer Olivia Louvel, based on an archival tape holding a 1961 talk by Barbara Hepworth, pre-recorded herself for use by the British Council.

After finding the recording in the British Library, Louvel designed a new soundscape for it, while manipulating Hepworth’s voice, repeating phrases and playing with its rhythm.

Louvel thinks of the sound work as a direct carving into the original material to produce an abstract form.

The sound is accompanied by contemporary footage of St Ives, referencing Hepworth’s relationship to the Cornish landscape.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEastbourne
PublisherTowner Art Gallery
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2023
EventOlivia Louvel : The Sculptor Speaks - Towner Gallery, Eastbourne, United Kingdom
Duration: 27 May 202325 Jun 2023


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