24 February - 14 March 2010
CURATED BY ABBEY CECIL
Michael Keith Richards
Each of these eight artists from the University of Newcastle in these four rooms was invited to respond to the poem 'Digging' by Seamus Heaney. The Irish poet compares and contrasts the physical labour of his family's potato farming and peat digging; and the mental labour he undertakes as a writer.
As Heaney 'digs' with his pen, he is at once paying homage to his legacy and insisting upon deviating from his forbears' entrenched path. 'Digging' is layered with metaphor and contains an abundance of expressions that might awaken any number of the reader's senses.
Given Heaney's countless themes, each artist has found a unique angle to look at the poem. Conveyed through a variety of materials, these works illuminate the facet (or facets) of 'Digging' most interesting and important to the artists.
These works reflect on the journey of our children through their adolescent years into adulthood within a society in which the tolerance and frequency of violence and aggression has become common place.
Through alternative photography and the interlaying of cultural artifacts Tribe explores the dialogue of global female culture and the identity of the tribe of women by invoking the rites of scarification and tattooing, and penetrating the myth of the primitive, exotic ‘other’.