HYS. SUSP. text/image/sound

The central work of the exhibition, Hysteria Suspended consists of three torsos hung from the ceiling twisted as if in a state of hysteria – represented here – not as suppressed sexual desire, but inchoate fury. Hysteria Suspended is about hysteria (held in abeyance), dementia and melancholy.

The theme of melancholia is expanded in The nurse of the Mad, (who is dead). Text and a chair with torso, work in conjunction. The text is a stream of (sub)consciousness – a poem littered with references to demons, she-wolves, pomegranate trees and the eponymous nurse.

Conversations is a more contemplative work and acts as a counterpoint to Hysteria Suspended. It uses recorded sound, the artist’s piano playing and a poem that uses musical terminology to evoke memory and loss.