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Suzannah Holford

Suzannah Holford: Quartz Mass, 2013, Digital print on Bamboo paper

Suzannah Holford: Quartz Mass, 2013, Digital print on Bamboo paper

Suzannah Holford: 54.583106, -3.21649, 2014, Graphite on Bamboo Paper

Suzannah Holford: 54.583106, -3.21649, 2014, Graphite on Bamboo Paper

Suzannah Holford: Quartz Mass, 2013, Digital print on Bamboo paper
Suzannah Holford: 54.583106, -3.21649, 2014, Graphite on Bamboo Paper

Suzannah Holford: Quartz Mass, 2013, Digital print on Bamboo paper

Suzannah Holford

University of Northampton, BA (Hons) Fine Art

 

Suzannah Holford’s artistic research revolves around the impossibility of mapping, and the inherent tension between the processes of mapping, and the “reality” of the land. A rock taken from a particular geography becomes no less part of that territory once it has been removed. It acts as a model for the whole, a tiny ergonomic version of reality. An agent of geological data. 

 

In addition to these geological models, map-making and cartography are also mere simulacra for the land. The land can only be measured on a singular scale, yet the land presents us with a scale which spans from the micro to the macroscopic. In order for us to study the land, we have to edit and destroy certain information to be able to process it in terms of map-making. This promotes the map to a certain iconographical status. We are drawn to the romanticism of the map, just as we are attracted to the sublimity of representational landscapes. Yet neither are an accurate depiction of the original. This is corruption is necessary when we try to flatten our unflat lands to fit them into maps and atlases. 

 

On a human level, the map becomes more valued than the land itself. Whilst this makes practical sense (Lewis Carroll’s fictitious map drawn to a scale of 1:1 blocks out the sun to his Kingdom and is discarded, Jorge Luis Borge’s map of equal scale is abandoned to the desert) it raises questions about the role of maps. If, as Korzybski said, the map is not the land, then what is it?”.

 

www.suzannahholford.co.uk

 

 

Platform

Platform

5 - 28 September 2014

 

A group exhibition of exceptional work by graduating students from around the region, selected by MK Gallery from University of Bedfordshire, Bucks New University and University of Northampton.

 

One Platform exhibitor will be nominated by MK Gallery for the South East regional Platform Graduate Award, for a chance of winning £2,500 and a twelve month mentoring scheme. 

 

 

Platform Exhibitors:


Sophie Fowkes

Holger Kilumets

Suzannah Holford

Jacob Austin

Maxwell Kirwin

James Haggas

The following free* talks will take place from 6-8pm as part of our Student Season:

 

Students Talking

Wednesday 3 September

Presentations by former MK Gallery Showcase and Platform exhibitors.

 

Tutors Talking

Wednesday 17 September

An evening of pecha-kucha style artist-talks from tutors at a selection of regional universities. 

 

*Places limited.

Pre-booking essential.