Thursday, 19 August 2010

Frillip Moolog

Kirsty E. Smith - Stan

I went to Lichfield last weekend to visit the show Inventions of the Mind at Erasmus Darwin House, and to meet Kirsty E Smith (aka Frillip Moolog). I'm in the middle of writing a review of the show, which I'll post a link to later. If you're in the vicinity do go and enjoy Kirtsy's 'beings' that are placed amongst the exhibits in the house/museum.

Enlightenment thinker, Erasmus Darwin (grandfather of Charles) lived in the house, and as a member of the Lunar Society of Birmingham hosted monthly meetings on the night of the full moon with his fellow 'Lunaticks' including Josiah Wedgewood and James Watt. They discussed their radical thoughts about science, inventions and natural philosophy and shared their ideas about the possibilities of what would become the industrial revolution.

Frillip Moolog is a place; a place to interact with Kirsty E Smith's sculptures (she calls them 'beings'), another place which: "... encapsulates the excitement and curiosity of a child when experiencing and interacting with objects for the first time. Her intention is to create work which resonates on a deeply emotive level and which acts as a vehicle to reconnect with a "place" or memory deep in our subconscious"

Kirsty E. Smith - Colin

There are six beings to be discovered at Erasmus Darwin House: Russell, Ziggy, Madeline, Stan, Cyril and Colin (he's a newcomer). Beautifully designed and constructed...invented actually, from industrial machine parts, carefully sourced domestic and industrial fabrics, trimmings and oddments. A resident of Lichfield, the artist has been a visitor to the museum for many years, and this is the culmination of a relationship she has had with the space. The 'beings' are very comfortable here amongst the 18th C decor and the free thinking energy of enlightenment science and invention.

1 comment:

  1. Hello Kathryn
    It was great to meet you and I am so glad that you felt that the journey was worthwhile.
    I'm just back from a a busy weekend in Scotland. We made a detaour on the way back to visit 'ExtraOrdinary Measures' at Belsay House. It's an exhibition thatI would wholeheartedly recommend.
    For me Mariele Neudecker's absolutely perfect huge glass window in the quarry gardens stole the show.


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