Between Islands is the description of a disappeared world called – Do><ia
Now this world was not found, it was made,
Discovered, lying in Time’s shade.
(Verse adapted from an introduction to ‘The Blazing World’, a work of fiction which created a utopian world, written in 1666 by Margaret Cavendish Duchess of Newcastle.)
In ‘Between Islands’ she explores the relationship between ‘creating worlds’ and ‘creating collections’ and the role curation and display of collections plays in developing narratives- real or imagined.
She has produced the paintings, drawings and ceramics on display in response to the landscape of the Welbeck estate and items in The Portland Collection and has displayed these as a collection of artefacts from an imagined world called Do><ia. The project has involved collaboration with artist David Orme, to explore the determinations of display and the decisions made to formalise the fictional into the authentic.
The world described is heavily influenced by the rich fabrics and fine ceramics in The Portland Collection and the secret landscape within the estate – creating islands of silk draped structures, hidden tunnels and overgrown gateways alongside ceramic artefacts from this imagined society.
A recording of our online zoom event where artist Joanna Whittle and David Orme discuss how exploring the Welbeck estate and the art from The Portland Collection inspired the artworks in the exhibition.