The Errant Muse, Victoria Gallery & Museum Liverpool, 16 November 2019 - 2 May 2020
The Errant Muse, Victoria Gallery & Museum Liverpool, 16 November 2019 - 2 May 2020 is reviewed by artist and researcher, Paul Coldwell, University of the Arts London for the research journal, Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice (DRTP) Vol.5 Issue 1, Intellect 2020.
He writes: But why is this such a compelling and important exhibition? Firstly, it demonstrates the potency of real collaboration between an artist and poet, both well established in their own rite, Rees-Jones shortlisted for the prestigious T. S. Eliot Poetry Prize, Hodes with numerous museum shows, but both willing to take on the risks and challenges of such a joint project. Secondly, it shows the benefit of inviting creatives to examine a collection and reframe aspects to tell new stories. Thirdly, together they have created an exhibition, although installation might be a better description, that brings together word and image in which both complement each other, the images creating new readings of the texts while the texts act as elements within a broader lexicon of drawing. Finally, and most significantly, it is unashamedly beautiful and addresses the viewer through the senses, inviting them to linger and enjoy.
Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice (DRTP)
The Errant Muse, Victoria Gallery & Museum Liverpool
The Errant Muse, Installation in Gallery 1 The Orchard of Lost Things, Case 4, VG&M. Photo: Joel Chester Fieldes