‘As I Cannot Write’ – Solo exhibition – 5 to 13 Aug

‘As I Cannot Write’ – Solo exhibition of a new body of work by artist and Vault Artist Studio member Cathy Scullion

Belfast, Northern Ireland: Cathy Scullion is a visual artist and curator based in Vault Artist Studios, Belfast where she has been a member since 2018. She takes a multi-disciplinary, conceptual approach to her work, which is expressed through a variety of traditional and non-traditional techniques, installation and video. With a focus on experimentation, she explores ways in which material and process can be used to express personal and collective experiences and emotions.

Cathy graduated from University of Ulster in 2018 with a first-class honours in Fine Art: Print, where she received a graduate award from Seacourt Print Workshop and Belfast Print Workshop, she has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally and has received awards from Arts Council NI and Freeland Foundation UK.  Cathy is currently undertaking a Masters in Art Research Collaboration at IADT Dublin.

The title of this exhibition is taken from a sampler created in the 1800’s by Elizabeth Parker. Parker found, within the process of needlework, a safe space to recount traumatic experiences. Experiences that due to her social status and gender as a young working-class girl, she felt unable to express through voice or pen. 

Through this body of work, Scullion responds to stories from other female artists, stories of times when they felt silenced or unable to speak. Her response to these stories explores ideas of embodiment theory through the act of knitting. By focusing on the ‘ritualised’ processes involved in making, she examines the use of gesture, material and movements to investigate how this act can provide a safe space for the sharing, recounting and transforming of experience. 

Thinking of “ritual as a “window” on the cultural dynamics by which people make and remake their worlds”, Catherine Bell, Ritual Theory Ritual Practice, and the words of Pierre Bourdieu “…one forgets that authority comes to language from outside.” Scullion looks at ideas of the needles as the pen in an attempt to reclaim the narrative and regain agency of voice.

Venue: Vault Artist Studios, 4-84 Tower Street, Belfast BT5 4FH
Dates: Friday 6th August to Friday 13th August
Times: 10am to 4pm.

  • The exhibition will have an opening reception on Thursday 5th August from 5-8pm at Vault Artist Studio, 4-84 Tower Street, Belfast, BT5 4FH.
  • Vault Artist Studios are private studio spaces and does not have general public access so viewing after the opening event will be by appointment only, to arrange this contact Cathy on Instagram @cscullionart or via email cathy@vaultartiststudios.com.

Facebook event link; https://fb.me/e/1AAydF1ih

For further info contact Cathy: cathy@vaultartiststudios.com

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