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Jennifer Anyan: Embodied Memories

09 May 2012 - 30 June 2012

Embodied Memories showcases startling new artworks, poised between sculpture and couture, by artist and fashion stylist Jennifer Anyan. Each one has been developed from verbal recollections of garments and items purchased from Southampton’s old Tyrrell & Green department store. 

Jennifer comments:
“I started the project by recording local people describing special things they had purchased from the much-loved department store as far back as the 1940s, making the crux of the project individual memories of Tyrrell and Green, the precious items of clothing, material and accessories bought there and, inextricably, the part these items played in the construction of self-image for the people who spoke to me.”

Throughout this process, the artist never viewed the original objects refered to by each participant. As such, these artworks stem from the gaps between memory, recollection and interpretation, and reveal how artists can conjure new forms from ghosts of the past. Also included in the exhibition are a series of glamorous styled images, photographed by Chris Overend, individual sound recordings of the collected memories and a fully-illustrated publication, available for £6. The latter includes a range of informative texts that explain more about the artist’s approach and wider exhibition context. Jennifer Anyan: Embodied Memories provides a chance to connect the past with the future, marking and celebrating the respect and affection held for Tyrrell & Green by Southampton’s residents and visitors over the years, whilst showcasing innovative contemporary art practice.

Jennifer Anyan is an artist, fashion stylist and principal lecturer at Southampton Solent University. The exhibition was commissioned by the John Hansard Gallery and developed with City Eye through Art at the Heart. Supported by Solent Research & Enterprise and CREADM.

A John Hansard Gallery exhibition.

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Jennifer Anyan: Embodied Memories, Installation view, John Hansard Gallery Central, 2012

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