Susie MacMurray: Shell installation, Pallant House, Chichester, 2006-07 (commissioned catalogue essay)

Catherine Harper

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Susie MacMurray’s Shell installation manifests in Pallant House, Chichester, like some pulsing exotica, a heavily-textured wall-paper, darkly decorative, heavily luxurious, broodingly present, with more than a hint of the uncanny or the gothic. A remarkable undertaking by an artist of significance, this work’s life-span was just one year, and then it disappeared, leaving no physical trace, but undoubtedly contributing is a much less tangible way to an already rich layering of narrative within this special space... This commissioned catalogue essay was published by Pallant House / Arts Council England to accompany the exhibition.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherArts Council of England; Pallant House, Chichester, UK
Place of PublicationUK
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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  • susie macmurray
  • installation
  • mussel shells
  • velvet
  • textile
  • Pallant House
  • exotica
  • decorative
  • uncanny
  • gothic
  • materials
  • site-specific
  • histories
  • emotion
  • location
  • narratives
  • obsessive
  • craft
  • time
  • memento mori
  • mourning
  • gender
  • class


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