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Artist Louisa Fairclough presents three new installations for her exhibition Flecks of a Brighter Colour at ICIA, University of Bath running until Fri 30 May.

Louisa Fairclough’s solo exhibition weaves together the threads of musical hallucinations, chromesthesia and sketchbook imaginings with each gallery space re-presenting the work or visions of a conductor, a composer or an outsider artist. Fairclough’s photographs in which she holds her sister Hetta’s sketchbooks are one outcome of a notional collaboration. A conversation between sisters – one who lives and one who has died.

On recently discovering the sketchbooks, Fairclough found the drawings and writings formed a vivid diary of her sister’s emotions and her experience of living with acute manic depression; the writings describe rivers, bodies of water, threads and lines of thought and, at times, allude to vivid mental imagery. Fairclough’s photographs give light to the sketchbooks and by framing aspects of the drawings and writing, Fairclough and composer Richard Glover start to explore the sketchbooks as scores.

Spoken monologues are the starting point for two further installations, the subjects of which are musicians. Adrian Partington, Director of Music at Gloucester Cathedral, describes the texture of voice and the colours he “sees” in his mind’s eye as he listens to his choristers, one by one, singing a single sustained pitch.

Jeannie is based on the visions and musical hallucinations of a young composer living on the River Severn. The work comprises a field recording on dubplate vinyl and vocal interventions. ‘Jeannie’ is a Bristol New Music Commission in association with Arnolfini. Louisa Fairclough’s work with her sister’s sketchbooks is being developed in dialogue with the Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath. Co-commissioned by ICIA and Whitstable Biennale, the work will form the basis for a major solo show at ICIA in 2015.

Louisa Fairclough is developing a reputation for her contemplative work. Ground Truth, was shown at Danielle Arnaud Gallery, London in 2011 and Ha gamle prestegard, Norway in 2012. Ground Truth went on to be shown in February 2013, with elements at Camden Art Centre, as part of Guy Sherwin’s exhibition Film in Space, and other elements concurrently at the Contemporary Art Society. Fairclough’s drawings were shortlisted for the Jerwood Prize 2011.

Entry is free and open to all. Gallery open Mon – Fri 10am – 5pm. For further information call 01225 386777 www.bath.ac.uk/icia

 

Louisa Fairclough

Flecks of a Brighter Colour

Fri 7 Feb – Fri 30 May, Open Mon-Fri 10am-5pm

ICIA Art Space 1 and 2, University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath. BA2 7AY

Preview: Thu 6 Feb, 6.30pm

ICIA Art Space 2, University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath, BA2 7AY

Artist Talk: Sat 5 Apr, 2pm-4.30pm

The Little Theatre Cinema, St Michael’s Place, Bath BA1 1SF

Free Admission, All Welcome

Box Office: 01225 386777 www.bath.ac.uk/icia

Louisa Fairclough’s solo exhibition weaves together the threads of musical hallucinations, chromesthesia and sketchbook imaginings with each gallery space re-presenting the work or visions of a conductor, a composer or an outsider artist. Fairclough’s photographs in which she holds her sister Hetta’s sketchbooks are one outcome of a notional collaboration. A conversation between sisters – one who lives and one who has died.