The exhibition of paintings by Vivien Blackett
runs from 21 May to 31 July and is open to the public 2pm - 7pm
Monday to Friday.
The works are on show in the bar area in the basement
of the Keppel Street building.
An essay by Sotiris Kyriacou accompanies the exhibition.
About the artist
Vivien Blackett studied Fine
Art at Goldsmiths’ College.
She was Artist in Residence at the National Gallery in 1986/7
and at Camden Arts Centre in 1992. She has work in a number
of public collections, including the British Council and
works in London.
"My work is concerned with generating new meaning through
the juxtaposition of different images, both borrowed and invented.
I am interested
in our quest for knowledge of the world we inhabit and take imagery
from a variety of sources including history, botany and medicine
arid refer to paintings and prints from the Early Renaissance
in addition to more contemporary images, e.g. microscopic photographs.
I use the formal structure, discrepancies of scale and context
and harmony or discord between the panels, to suggest potential
The Wellcome Library for the History of Medicine has become one
of my most valuable sources because it is a library I can browse
through and I often don’t know what I am looking for until
I see it! I borrow images from books on subjects as diverse as
chemistry, cooking and witchcraft, which I adapt as I work, often
combining them with images of my own invention.
My interest in illusion and in the difference between the surface
appearance of things, what does or might lie beneath; things we
cannot see without instruments or indeed can only imagine, has
been developing in the group of work I have been making since 1997,
when I made a series of multiple panel paintings for the Adam Gallery
called Above, below, within. It is a selection
of these works that I am showing at the London School of Hygiene
and Tropical Medicine."
Coordinator of contemporary arts programme at LSHTM: Tony
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