IT GATHERED HERE
LOUISE FRANCES SMITH
17 February - 11 May 2024
The Cupboard, Liminal Gallery, 34 Fort Hill, Margate, CT9 1HD
‘It gathered here’ is a solo exhibition by Ramsgate-based artist Louise Frances Smith and presents a series of site specific sculptures. Playing with scale, the organic, body-like forms appear to be engulfing the small space, growing, crawling and spreading around the walls - posing the question of what the repercussions of human intervention is on our fragile coastal ecosystems, hiding behind the door of The Cupboard.
The sculptures in ‘It gathered here’ are created from seaweed collected by the artist from Margate beaches - specifically wireweed seaweed (Sargassum Muticum) which was thought to have been introduced to the coastline in the 1970s to bolster the failing ‘native’ oyster industry. The ‘invasive’ and ‘non-native’ species is now thriving due to climate change and can smother light and oxygen from species that live beneath the surface of the water. Smith has used this abundant wireweed seaweed to create a bioplastic, mixed with fabric and found plastic for an experimental material to create the works. The inspiration for the sculptural forms comes from epibiosis, which is the close interaction between two different organisms, the host organism providing an environment for the other which is attached to its living surface.
The Cupboard is Liminal Gallery’s second exhibition space, tiny but sleek it is exclusively available to artists living and working in Thanet. Smith will use this space to showcase a new body of work, employing natural local resources to comment on the fragility of Kent’s coastlines and the anthropogenic impact it is enduring.
All are welcome to join us to celebrate the opening of ‘It gathered here’ on Saturday 17 February at Liminal Gallery’s The Cupboard, 4-7pm.