In-between-ness: Using Art To Capture A Sense Of Self Oriel Sycharth, Glyndwr University September 6 – November 4 2013
This exhibition is part of ITA13, the fifth biennial international conference on Internet Technologies and Applications held at Glyndwr University Wrexham, from Tuesday 10th to Friday 13th September 2013. The work on display explores how contemporary artists Karen Heald and Susan Liggett collaborate and how new technologies have challenged their relationship between traditional and new media in a way that has resulted in innovative collaborative opportunities with scientists. The concepts in their work has stimulated exciting discourses with two consultant psychiatrists and produced creative research in the field of arts in health.
The theme of the exhibition is In-between-ness: using art to capture a sense of self, and originates from Heald’s ‘dream films’ that create ambient environments, where the audience is unsure as to whether one is asleep, awake, or even in a state of In-between-ness. Liggett relates it to her concept of psychological resonance, which when painting is the stage in the creative process where she cannot articulate in words what she is trying to do. The concept of In-between-ness is used in this exhibition to describe ones sensitivity to perception which is often heightened under extreme moments of creativity, stress or illness. These transitional spaces are played out through the painterly, poetic non-linear video narratives, paintings, photographs and books on display.
In collaboration with Dr Richard Tranter, (Consultant Psychiatrist), Professor Rob Poole (Professor of Social Psychiatry and Co-Director of the Centre for Mental Health and Society and Professor Catherine Robinson (Co-Director of the Centre for Mental Health and Society) from Bangor University and GP surgeries, the artists are researching new perspectives into the effects of anti-depressant medications. This exhibition brings together the work of the artists alongside artworks made by the participants in their research project resulting in a seamless exploration of In-between-ness.