British artist Sarah Sparkes brings together old and new work about spirits and science in her solo exhibition The GHost Parlour at New Art Projects, London, 14 March to 27 April.
Sparkes’s work explores mythical narratives, vernacular belief systems and apparitions. She often researches the intersection of science and magic. In this exhibition, Sparkes’s objects act as embodiments and channels for spirits.
The subjects in The Ghost Parlour include Janet the Enfield poltergeist girl, Native American Ghost Dancers, Neolithic artefacts and key figures from early 20th century psychical research. All relate to mankind’s communication with the dead.
Central to this project is The GHost Tunnel installation from 2016-17. This major installation references portals and black holes while equating time travel with death as another dimension to enter. It has toured to FACT and the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art. It is presented in London for the first time as part of the show.
Sparkes also has included a series of new works GHost -dance – David Soul. Two rolls of wallpaper, remnants of those that graced the walls of Sparkes’ childhood bedroom and kitchen, are combined with gouache paint, digital print collage and assemblages. Together, they form a series of intriguing works that cross the wall like shadows of the past.
She works with installation, sculpture, painting, performance and recently film. She leads the visual arts and creative research project GHost, which consists of an on-going programme of exhibitions, performances and interdisciplinary seminars interrogating the idea of spirits.
See WIA’s Q&A with Sparkes here.
Sarah Sparkes, The GHost Parlour, to 27 April 2019
New Art Projects, 6D Sheep Lane, London E8 4QS
Featured image: Sarah Sparkes, David Soul GHost Dance, digital print on wallpaper, 20 cm, 2018 (c) the artist.
Edited by Elena K. Cruz.