Interview: artist Elizabeth Corkery discusses new exhibition Small Decors
Explores garden environment and surrounding spatial and representative experience at Telfer Gallery
Having spent a month-long residency at the Telfer Gallery, Boston-based Australian artist Elizabeth Corkery has chosen to explore the garden environment and the spatial and representational experience surrounding it for Small Decors. ‘A lot of my practice recently has been about gardens, looking at different manipulations in natural environments and what narrative can exist in the desire to control or manipulate space,’ says Corkery. ‘Whether displaying power, or in the case of this show, collection and classification or even colonialism within glasshouses, they are rich spaces with a lot of different themes.’
Although trained as a printmaker, Corkery’s work has recently become installation-based, utilising printed elements. Her printmaking background has attracted her to the repetition, reproduction and modularity observed in the multiple-component, pre-fab construction of the glasshouse. In Small Decors, Corkery explores winter gardens, specifically looking to Glasgow’s Kibble Palace and drawing connections between the structure and the tradition of Victorian toy theatres.
‘They grew in popularity at the same time as the glasshouse in the UK and share relationships with the playing out of mini-world environments and in transportability,’ says Corkery. The experience and exploration of constructed decors, controlled and rich with narrative, will be played out as a modulated scene, as the Telfer Gallery itself becomes a staged space.
The Telfer Gallery, Glasgow, until Sun 23 Nov.