Tuesday, 16 February 2010

The Last Tuesday Society.....

I popped into the shop the other day to catch the end of an exhibition and discovered that there is also a permanent museum of curiosities....


The actual exhibition I went to see included the amazing work of Tessa Farmer, whom I loved for years and had never seen...

Taken from the website -

“Tessa's miniscule sculptures reinvigorate a belief in fairies: not the sweet Tinkerbell image in popular conscience, but a biological, entomological, macabre species translating pastoral fable into nightmarish lore. Constructed from bits of organic material, such as roots, leaves, and dead insects, each of Tessa ’s figures stand barely 1 cm tall, their painstakingly intricate detail visible only through a magnifying glass. Hovering with rarefied, jewel-like beauty, Tessa ’s tiny spectacles resound with a theurgist exotica: their specimen forms borrow from Victorian occultism to evolve as something alien and futuristic. Playing out apocalyptic narratives of a microscopic underworld, Tessa ’s manikin wonders rule with baneful fervour: harnessing mayflies, battling honey bees, attacking spindly spiders. Presented as wee preternatural discoveries, Tessa ’s sculptures conjure a superstitious premise, dismantling the mythos of fantasia with evidence of something much more gothic, sinister, and bewitching.”

Patricia Ellis 2007



1 comment:

  1. I have always meant to go along to that before never got around to it, it's always being advertised to me on Facebook in some manner.. One day I'll make it!!