Show Do Tell
Louise Severyn-Kosinska & Monica Wheeler
10 – 28 November 2021
A show of undefined and repurposed objects telling stories by unreliable narrators.
Using found objects, repurposing, giving new life, voices and meaning to the everyday and the overlooked, Louise and Monica will be remaking, repairing and re-imagining a selection of found and donated objects. These range from domestic crockery to unfamiliar items, intended purposes unknown, which are broken or damaged. Repaired with thought and care, with unexpected juxtapositions of materials – glass with stone, feathers with lead – some will merit a short, short story to detail and label their journey. There will be photos of the objects before and after, and consultations with visitors to the gallery. The work will continue to be made on a long table in the shop window, and will develop over the weeks . Collaborating on the objects, they will be bringing a sense of the absurd, through visual and literal language to culminate in an eclectic collection
There will be “Wanted” posters in the public domain. The public are invited to come in and see the artists at work in the gallery, choose an object from a selection box, and have a (socially distanced) tête à tête about the object. They can ask for a show, tell, or both, and be photographed with their object if they wish.
About the artists:
Louise Severyn-Kosinska and Monica Wheeler met on an artists’ symposium in Poland and have been working together since 2000, producing site-specific work and installations, both in England and internationally, in France, Poland and Holland. They frequently show in non-gallery spaces, including a theatre foyer, an abandoned castle, the ruins of a chapel, a mausoleum, empty shops, woodland and a salt mine. Both artists have a fine art background, discovering themes of idiosyncratic nostalgia in common, telling stories viewed through layers and projections, using found objects, adding painting and drawing and most importantly adapting to their surroundings. Their work is filtered with emotions, forming new realities leaving traces of what has been and clues for what is to come.
Louise Severyn-Kosinska lives and works in London. She graduated with BA(Hons) in Fine Art from Portsmouth Polytechnic and stained glass post-grad diploma at Central School of Art and Design . Louise works with mixed media including glass, photography, collage, text and print . She has work in private collections in France, Poland, Iceland and Spain. As a member of Bigos Artists Collective, Louise has work held in the Tate archives . Awarded the Sir Arthur Evans Travelling Scholarship from the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass, Louise travelled to New York, France, Spain and Scotland to look at contemporary artists working with glass and had drawings accepted in the International Pastel Biennale with a touring exhibition in Poland, Slovakia and Italy.
Louise has undertaken residencies and artists symposiums in France and Poland and curated print shows of artists from eastern Europe.
Monica Wheeler studied at Escuela de Bellas Artes, Panama Colon, John Cass Art School, London and graduated with BA(Hons) in Fine Art from University of Hertfordshire. Monica was secretary to the Association for the Polish Artists in Great Britain (APA) and curated shows in the UK and abroad. Monica lives and works in London , and on site-specific installations in galleries and non-galleries spaces. She uses mixed media, including projections, photography, printing, painting and installations. Monica’s work is held in the private collections of Charles Haswell, Keith Butler-Wheelhouse and Cliff Richard and abroad in France, Germany, Poland and Australia.
She has undertaken residencies and artists symposiums in France and Poland.