escort Paris Spacex – Simon PopeCarved From Memory16 May – 11 July 2009

Simon Pope
Carved From Memory
16 May –
11 July 2009

Spacex is pleased to present a new project by Simon Pope, which will be split over two sites at Spacex and Exeter Cathedral. Pope plans to restore a stone figure from Exeter Cathedral which his great grandfather crafted over 90 years ago and has great significance for five generations of his family. Rather than use the Cathedral’s extensive archive for reference, the figure will be carved from the memory of the artist’s grandmother working in dialogue with a local stonemason.

The installation at Spacex will comprise an audio recording between Pope’s grandmother and the stonemason including the conversations and process of interpretation, imagining and reconstruction.This form of documentation will capture the process of translating the figure from memory to speech to dialogue to drawing and towards its final form.

The second stage of the project will be the display of the maquette created by the stonemason at Exeter Cathedral. As with some of Pope’s previous work, this project brings together artists from traditional bases, craft-based in character into proximity with contemporary practice – opening one approach to another and vice versa. The carving has been a touching point for Pope’s family and their time in Exeter. Through a process of dialogue with the artist’s grandmother and a stonemason from Exeter Cathedral the image and form of the figure will be retrieved, brought back from its deteriorated state and the new figure will be displayed in the Cathedral.

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