History has always been influential to the work of American artist Mary Reid Kelley, and for her most recent film work ‘Swinburne’s Pasiphae,’ she used Victorian poet Algernon Charles Swinburne as a key element to her newest exhibition. Inspired by a fragment of Swinburne’s controversial poem, Kelley creates a riveting exhibition featuring a new film alongside props, drawings and portraits, and is a part of an ongoing trilogy starting from Kelley’s Priapus Agonistes (2013) which can be seen on her website: http://www.maryreidkelley.com/priapus.html.
The use of historical references from Swinburne and women throughout history is seen through the film, and tells stories from significant historical periods, while exploring how conventions of law, politics, and philosophy have all impacted the lives of women.
From the history books to modern film, Kelley has created a beautiful and complex piece of work, which has been ripped from text in our history, to being displayed in various art forms here in the present.
The exhibition will be displayed at the Pilar Corrias Gallery, and will be available to see from 10th September 2014- 4th October 2014.
Exhibition Dates: 10 September – 4 October 2014
Private View: 6 – 8pm, Tuesday 9 September 2014
Pilar Corrias, 54 Eastcastle Street, London, W1W 8EF