A Cut From Sharp Grass: Well Projects
4 October – 24 November 2019
Well Projects, 217 Northdown Rd, Margate, CT9 2PF
Kent has cultivated a globally recognised image of pastoral English countryside, famous for an abundance of fertile farmland and fruit filled orchards. Whilst still holding on to the 400 year old title of the ‘Garden of England’, the Kent of the present has undergone a massive infrastructural revolution becoming a layered topological stack of infrastructures, flows & migrations. It’s geographical position in proximity to London & mainland Europe has situated Kent as a complex indicator of planetary urbanisation.
The advancement of planetary urbanisation & correlative phenomena, including rapid globalisation, political unrest & ecological precarity, are drastically reworking the relationships between nature & culture, humanity & technology and idealism & materialism. A CUT FROM SHARP GRASS engages with these shifting relationships; examining narratives, knowledges & contexts from the past & present in order to propose hopeful, sustainable and empowered futures.
The project features new works from four artists; Verity Birt, Emma Gibson, Lou Lou Sainsbury & Rosie Grace Ward. A CUT FROM SHARP GRASS is curated by George Harding & Kris Lock with support from Dimitrios Bormpoudakis.
VERITY BIRT (b1989, London) lives and works in London and Newcastle. She has a BA in Art Practice & Critical Theory from Goldsmiths University of London (2011) and an MA in Moving Image from the Royal College of Art, London (2015). She is currently a PhD candidate at Northumbria University and the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Newcastle, where she is researching archaeologist Marija Gimbutas’ feminist theories of prehistory.
EMMA GIBSON (b1980, UK) is a British artist exploring the uncertain state of reality. Having studied at Open School East and University of the Arts London, she currently lives and works in Margate, UK.
LOU LOU SAINSBURY is a non-binary artist, filmmaker and writer based in Margate. They self-identify as a time traveller, making things that unwrite histories of living beings; using sloppy words, noisy performances and unstable images to create tricksterish fables for utopian thinking.
ROSIE GRACE WARD is a multi disciplinary artist and writer. Working with a developing language of symbolic ephemera, imagery and topographical reference she is primarily interested in the machinations of global capitalism as it creaks towards an inevitable halt, and the leveraging of history as a tool with which to understand the present and imagine the future without it being the absolute condition by which the future has to exist.