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Say It I

Vivienne Koorland
Say It I, Oil on stitched canvas , 61 x 46 cm


23 Bateman's Row London EC2A 3HH

Hours: Wednesday - Friday: 10am - 6pm Tuesday by appointment only Saturday: 11am - 5pm


Vivienne Koorland at eastcentral

This show marks a significant departure for the artist, not least in a change of scale: known for works of large dimensions, Koorland has taken on the challenge of working on smaller-scale surfaces. Still using her signature hand-hewn heavily-stitched burlap and linen for the oil paintings, and her worked bookboards for the drawings, she has dived deep into her rich and multi-layered vocabulary in order to create a complex, intimate language of iconic words and images, providing viewers with an index through association for the individual logic and constancy of her work.

Throughout her practice, Koorland has projected her own history onto subject matter concerned with greater political themes, such as war, racial displacement and cultural destruction. The text used in the body of her work is intimate, touching less exposed places, but even then, not directly so. In 'condensation', the artist has created what is by far her most private show.

12 March 2011 - 23 April 2011