[Featured image: Sarah Sparkes, David Soul GHost Dance, digital print on wallpaper, 20 cm, 2018 (c) the artist]
Sarah Sparkes has created new works, and re-configured some older ones, to create an installation specially for Coffeeismycupoftea Space. David Soul is a response to the season and its associations with ghost festivals. It is a celebration of the darkening days.
Sparkes sees the objects in the exhibition as containers and conduits for the embodying of narratives and more conceptually ‘spirits’. Her subjects, which include: Janet the Enfield poltergeist girl, First Nations Ghost-dancers, neolithic monuments and artefacts and some key figures from early 20th century psychical research, all attempt(ed) to communicate with the dead.
Two rolls of wallpaper, remnants from those that graced the walls of Sparkes’ childhood bedroom and kitchen, have been used together with gouache paint, digital print collage and assemblages, across the works.
The work is divided into three distinct groups:
The Way Home, gouache on wallpaper, 2016
Ghost – Dance, 2018 digital print and collage on wallpaper
The Electric Girls, 2018, installation with found objects, digital print and LED lights
Exhibition: David Soul: An exhibition for the hollow days by Sarah Sparkes
Venue: Coffeeismycupoftea Space, 103b Dalston Lane, London E8 1NH
Private View: Friday 2nd November, 6.00pm – 8.30pm
Dates: Exhibition runs: Friday 2nd – Sunday 25th November
WIA Profile: Sarah Sparkes