‘Dress for Giants’ exhibition opens in Margate – The Isle Of Thanet News
A polyester wedding dress and fragments of children’s frilly dresses become works of art in a Shelly Goldsmith exhibit this month.
The dresses for the giants will be on display from 10-17 September at ACS Margate, Unit 11-15 All Saints Industrial Estate, Margate.
Shelly uses the psychological theory “Locus of Control” to understand how we locate our sense of self. Developed in 1954 by American psychologist Julian B. Rotter, “locus of control” is the degree to which people believe they – as opposed to outside forces – have control over the outcome of events that occur in their lives. .
Working with clinical psychologist Dr. Herminia Hernaiz-Sanders, Goldsmith uses the inside and outside of the dress as independent canvases for her art.
Goldsmith uses frantic pencil drawings loaded with deep graphite, digital photography and dye-sublimation prints on entire garments to transform his materials.
Goldsmith documented his parents’ adopted hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio through research in community libraries and Ohio newspaper archives, producing documentary photographs of his infamous 1974 Super Outbreak, the greatest never-before-recorded incident of 10 tornadoes simultaneously hovering on the ground, then applied line drawings and ink swathes to pieces of children’s clothing.
Her work is also inspired by a walk along the coast of Thanet and photographs of the Walpole Bay tidal pool from 1937 saturate the interior with a series of fragments of dress.
A key element of the exhibit merges photographs of tidal pools and two 1970s polyester wedding dresses purchased in Cincinnati. Physically tall, the title refers to the personality of the individuals wearing the dress, not their physical height. Using graphite, photography and sublimation, the dress becomes a canvas.
Ramsgate-based artist Shelly Goldsmith’s practice explores the evocative power of fabric and consciousness. An RCA graduate and recipient of the prestigious Jerwood Prize in 2002, Goldsmith uses fragments of archetypal female clothing and large-scale textile installations to convey themes of identity, fragility and psychological transition.
His work is exhibited in major galleries and museums in Britain, Europe, the United States and Japan and is included in many notable public collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Whitworth Gallery.
The ACS Margate Gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each Giant’s Dresses Day.