Another new (temporary) home for our exhibition in a bottle! Last weekend the repacked artworks were driven across the Netherlands to North Holland and delivered to curator Ciara Finnegan in The Dollhouse Space. Ciara is a visual artist from Northern Ireland who has been living and working in The Netherlands since 2008. She is also the director of The Dollhouse Space, a non-profit, experimental, bilocational contemporary art space with a virtual presence here and a physical presence in her home in Heemstede, North Holland.
Ciara has been installing the work in the Dollhouse, and creating her own beautiful art in response. This is her work inspired by John Rainey’s delicate porcelain sculpture.
A love letter to ‘To think about things together that appear to be separate.’
I should know better. Living half my life in a world of miniatures, I, if anything, should know deceits of scale! And yet, when I unpacked you, your tininess surprised me.
I unwrapped you and held you. A palm full of hands. Yours in mine.
“Wow! Wow mummy! Actually, Wow!”
I’ve unpacked and packed you up again a hundred times today already, so scared am I of causing a fracture. A fissure. A flesh wound. You sit on my desk now, like an exquisite paperweight, a precious shell.
You are all right hands.
(I only noticed this when we set to modelling our own versions of you in Play Doh.)
I place you on a mirror plate. There are your lefts. Take your partner by the hand! A round of applause, please!
Twelve hands, different colours: A family portrait.