Anna Sikorska: Exchange and Harbour

Anna Sikorska: Exchange and Harbour

It was a while ago now that the European surrealists were drawn to the marvel of surprise juxtapositions – Lautréamont’s poetic proclamation about the chance meeting on a dissecting table of an umbrella with a sewing machine, sparked something pretty special. Theirs was a time that saw the dawn of the found object – Duchamp’s ‘Fountain’ – and the foregrounding of the creative capacity of the unconscious. A current student at the Royal College of Art, Sikorska’s oneiric exhibition, Exchange and Harbour, a simple four-part affair combining ready-mades with sculptural works, can be seen as characterising a now common resurgence to a similarly hopeful type of creative playfulness. Her works mark a turn away from the rigours of theory and sardonic comment, and usher in, in turn, a concentration on themes of narrative, everyday experience and the diverse possibilities of the physical.

The show comprises an orange sail, a dishwashing tub fashioned into a miniature swimming pool, a bold expanse of pink and a sculpture that looks like an over-sized clothesbasket. Like the shrunken and outsized remnants of a dream remembered, Sikorska’s gentle juxtapositions rub and jar with our associations. The show is accompanied by a quote from A S Byatt. She writes of the brilliant patterns fairytales offer of ‘isolated things and materials’.

‘It is a mosaic world’, Byatt continues, ‘capable of endless retelling in varied ways.’ The use of found objects to toy with readymade associations may be an old idea, but it’s a good one, and it lends great weight to this fairly minimal exhibition.

Corn Exchange Gallery, Edinburgh, until Thu 17 Dec

Anna Sikorska: Exchange & Harbour

London-based artist Anna Sikorska's simple four-part exhibition, combining ready-mades with sculptural works, ushers in a welcome concentration on themes of narrative, everyday experience and the diverse possibilities of the physical.

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