19.06.13 – 13.07.13
This current work on show at GalleryMuse in Chapter, is a response to the artists view of ancestral history. Through the examination and representation of old books, Juliet explores her connection to the land in relation to her cultural surroundings. The work has its roots in performance and moving image.
Juliet trained at the Guildhall school of Music and Drama before going on to study fine art at Chichester University in 2008.
Juliet Larken creates a kind of dance through the pages and words of old books. She first explored this concept with her grandfathers library and this led her to source old bound books from antiquarian bookshops, one being the Petersfield Bookshop that is landlord to GalleryMuse.
The artist is curious how we relate to books now in an age of electronic communication, the texture and the shape of the pages and the words she highlights, brings attention to the possibility of a fragile art, as much about the material as it is about the content. The precious handling of books, once prized possessions and a sign of wealth and intelligence are playfully reinterpreted. The pages are turned into dances and layers of skin and of memories now unrecorded and almost lost.
Juliet searches into the experience of being embodied, of the transient nature of life. The concept of her work is discovered as she intuitively makes an object or garment until she discovers the narrative of the piece. Sometimes these begin as a document of an event, the trace or transcription that is left behind. Often it is in the making of a body of work that the trail unfolds, breadcrumbs through a forest.
Chapter is Juliet Larken’s first show alongside Katy Vetch. They discovered their work held a resonance that met within the imagined pages of both their explorations.