|Kathryn Campbell Dodd - Spoon is a spoon is a spoon...|
I'm excited (and relieved) to have delivered my work for Rhodio, a satellite show of the 54th Venice Biennale - Pavilion SA44 5XB Padiglione. Twelve installation artists who have shown work as part of Rhôd at Drefelin Mill in Carmarthenshire "...take off their collective hat and travel from Wales to make interventions in a restaurant in Venice." The show has been curated by Roger Lougher and is presented by Mari Beynon Owen.
"Rhôd in Welsh means specifically a waterwheel; it also describes the wheel of the heavens and the wheel of fortune that promises only change. It is the name of an annual exhibition held at Drefelin SA44 5XB in a sixteenth century water mill and its grounds. By extension the word Rhodio means to travel and this show is in the orbit of SA44. It carries the ethos of Rhôd beyond the borders of Wales widening the dialogue between the rural and the urban, the periphery and the centre. Rhôd is a rural laboratory for the development of new strains of contemporary art practice, the recoding of the DNA of landscape theory and the deconstruction of the Sublime and the Romantic.
The rural setting and ethos of site specific work shown in Pavilion SA44 5XB invites the viewer to see this show in the context of current trends in food production and the slow food movement that informs the menu in the restaurant itself. We see ourselves exhibiting in an international farmers market.
Artists with their roots in rural communities and city born artists, both with a real engagement in contemporary life, continue to create new ways of engaging in the dynamic relationship between the city and the country."
I have made a piece called Spoon is a spoon is a spoon... the image above is one of six racks of souvenir spoons which will be installed in an old wall cabinet in the restaurant. I'll be travelling out to Venice for five days to see the work in situ and visit the Biennale including the Welsh Pavilion featuring Swansea artist, Tim Davies.
Just a little bit excited! Watch this space for news...