Theresa Moerman Ib, “Suspended Animation”, The Glasgow School of Art Degree Show 2012, installation shot. Photo by Theresa Moerman Ib
Theresa Moerman Ib
Preview: Thursday 7 February 5-8pm
Opening hours: 8-23 February 2013, Wednesday-Saturday 1-6pm, or by appointment.
To spin a yarn means to tell a story. When a caterpillar spins a cocoon around itself, it weaves a tale of death, metamorphosis and rebirth, the same way people have spun stories and fibres through generations. Each textile is a text from which a narrative unravels like an archetypal fairy tale or a game of Chinese whispers. Although they appear solid, memory and meaning are in a constant state of flux.
Theresa Moerman Ib’s recent work revolves around the unreliability of memory and the tension between holding on and letting go. As human beings, we have a natural inclination to preserve the past. We find containers to hold our keepsakes and heirlooms, we store our knowledge in files, archives and books, we create technology to record more information for the future, we make photographs and videos lest we forget the things we’ve seen, the words we’ve said, the places we’ve been and the people we’ve loved.
Through sculpture, video, photography and text, “Suspended Animations” reimagines everyday objects that remember for us, such as photographs and memory sticks, and explores how to challenge and transform them. Juxtaposing digital and analogue formats with both manufactured and natural materials, these fictional installations become like fetishes we keep to protect us and to remedy loss. At the same time, they remind us that the more we hold on to, the more we have to lose.
Theresa Moerman Ib (b. 1977 in Soest, The Netherlands) graduated from The Glasgow School of Art in 2012 with a First Class BA (Hons) in Fine Art Photography and a distinction for her dissertation on the unreliability of photography as memory. Her degree show work secured her in the Royal Scottish Academy’s New Contemporaries exhibition in April 2013. Since graduating, her work has been featured in group exhibitions in the UK and Denmark including graduate shows at The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts and the Boetzelaer|Nispen gallery in London. She was recently selected for the Catlin Guide, a prestigious annual catalogue of the 40 most promising art school graduates in the UK, which launches at the London Art Fair in January 2013.
Theresa Moerman Ib continues to live and work in Glasgow. “Suspended Animations” is her first solo exhibition.