Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Bath At Work exhibition cont'd.

Now, you may think that a writer's creative process is defined by a row upon row of typewriters and a terribly chaotic bedroom, which they poetically call a 'creative mess.'

However, the Creative Work exhibition outwitted this stereotype - the various displays showed largely visual and very contrasting processes behind the creation of writing. Each glass display took on a different approach, showing that there are as many processes and motivations for writing as there are individuals with an urge to write. 

Curiosity (the kind that doesn't kill cats)

The poet Lisa Storm-Olsen explored the Path of a Poem in her wonderfully detailed installation Curioser & Curioser. Lisa has been referred to as Alice from Lewis Caroll's novel because of this very quality.

Environmental Awareness

My housemate Victoria Knowles spent weeks in preparation - eating pistachio nuts to collect their shells for her installation Dropping Rose Petals, which explored the environmental impact the publishing industry has on the world, and how creativity can be harnessed to address this.

Historical Backdrop

Nina MacPherson explores the Significant Years for her main protagonist Eliza Augusta, based on her great aunt who was 30 at the end of WWI and later took over a butcher's shop after her husband was tragically killed by a pig.

Digital Edge

Rommy Collingwood mashed up her love for dogs and interest in the magic, ghosts and transgendered characters in her display. In fact, one of her ghosts is up for a chat on Twitter @FeargalReilly.


Julian Hussey used a collection of objects and pictures that show his creative process and important themes from his novel Elephant in the Room: bereavement, falling in love, pursuit of pleasure and notions of freedom among others. But he was also interested in seeing what meanings these items would acquire in the viewer's own imagination.

Culture and Era

Heather Ash showed her upbringing in the Belgian Kongo in the 1950s, one reflected in her novel Dark Origins, and gave a feel of each decade from 1940s to 1960s through the use of different fabrics, photographs, books and even music scores which her characters may come across on their journeys.

They're creative. Just leave them be.

The exhibition opening night on the evening of 5th of June combined talks, wine drinking and presentations from MA Creative Writing and undergraduates of Creative Media Practice, showcasing their short films. There were also representatives from, an organisation that strives to bring students and employers closer together - something we all need in the grim economic climate.

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