I am hugely grateful for this beautiful and very personal review, written by Mr C. Lewis-Searle, for my A Long Table of Curiosities exhibition.

The room.

Wow, the whole room is a work of art. Visitors see the room as one. I was looking and looking for a focal point. And although I don’t see south American celebrations like the Day of the Dead pushing into these works, I do register a socio/religious – political events, looking for historical continuity, which arrives with the viewer.

The unconcerned animals, history in wax, refined skill in drawings, allegorical paintings of transmogrification from prime evil to the age of enlightenment are all there. And for that journey I would insist the viewers can only view for the first two minutes from the centre of the room. It seemed that the objects in the room were half way to a circular setting.

The objects in wax. Highly skilled pieces each one. A bit frightening because they’re so good. They generate an eternal primitive animism and yet simultaneously inform in points in modern clock time on in the painting.

The painting. If this isn’t a painting for the Tate I don’t know what is. It Lends freely on the left/right convention. Facing the work we see on the right the eros no hat serious freedom and on the left the entrenched, slightly amusing – naughty establishment who have a lot in common with other hatted creatures concerned with belief systems of sin.

Our Lady of ???? does not seem to be in the room. Yet.

Below the invisible horizon is the corpus to everything, body and brain being questioned. There is no dominant perspective. There is a battle going on in the depth and detail. More or less how one is on the battlefield.

The light of learning and understanding illuminates the darkness. For several reasons I expect a solar system depicted in some way in the darkness of space below the body. After all, what is light is the question from the body. Without light there is no information. Simultaneously we are all standing at the centre for a moment of loss and discovery.

Christian Lewis-Searle                                                                                                             Thursday 19 October 2017

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