The Entangled art exhibition is a definite must see, the theme of threads and making will inspire all ages to get crafting.
There are 40 artworks in this exhibition, with works ranging from traditional tapestry to delicate sculptures of horse hair, it will provide an idea of how craft isn’t limited to just typical sewing and crochet. It is debated as to whether craft is an art form, I personally think that art is anything that stimulates an emotion to its viewer, and the pieces within this exhibition really do that. To add to the experience, it’s good to know that all artists are female, as needlework and craft is typically seen as a more feminine art form yet that old idea is shown to be less about the image of a little woman sewing and more about the empowering effect of craftsmanship through a woman’s eyes. So this being the case, there are many works that explore the idea of femininity and identity.
There are lots of meanings and messages shown in the artworks that really make you think and reflect the way the world is or was, such as Phyllida Barlow’s piece, ‘Untitled; brokenshelf2015’ that uses waste and everyday discarded materials all plastered together to create a brightly coloured sculpture on the gallery wall. This highlights the idea of waste and recycling and makes the audience consider how wasteful am I being, what happens to my rubbish, should I be more careful of how I dispose of my waste? These were all questions I thought personally when I looked at this piece so it just goes to show how art creates a certain emotion within the viewer. I really like this particular piece as the bright colours bring away the dark thought of mass waste, yet upon reflection, the idea stays in the viewers mind.
I would highly recommend visiting the Entangled exhibition for all ages, especially teens as this will be the age they may have lost interest in art galleries but this really sparks up a feeling of getting your hands dirty and making your own masterpieces. The quirky art pieces will really inspire, motivate and leave you in awe after your visit.
Zoe Warner from King Ethelbert School completed her work experience at Turner Contemporary in March 2017. She made use of our Entangled: Threads & Making Schools Resource to develop ideas around key themes in the exhibition. You can too.
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