PRESS RELEASE - Mary Ball (1922-2006) Retrospective
Private View with performances: 8 February, 5-8pm
Exhibition: 11 February – 23 May, Monday – Friday 11am-5pm
Constance Howard Gallery, Goldsmith University of London,
Deptford Town Hall Building, New Cross Road, SE14 6AP
''The works are formless, but take on forms of rock or earth or sea.” Mary Ball 1996
Global Fusion Music and Arts, in conjunction with the Constance Howard Gallery, Goldsmiths University, is pleased to present a retrospective of the work of Mary Ball (1922-2006). This exhibition consists of a collection of textiles by the artist and a series of performances incorporating some of her work.
Throughout her career as an independent artist, art teacher and a theatre facilitator Ball would dye, sew, cut up and reform fabrics to create bold, expressive textile works. She saw fabric as a means to push the boundaries of textiles, using them with sound, light and performance to explore colour and form.
Ball liked to imagine her work as a living, breathing entity and she involved many people from diverse creative backgrounds in live performances of her work. She often considered these works as a part of a larger, ever-changing performance.
Inspired by this, GFMA is excited to announce the first live performance with the works, directed by creative director Stevie-Rose and accompanied by a soundscape created by Ethnomusicologist, Joanna Shiel. Several of the hangings will be placed onto sculpture, moved and manipulated against a backdrop of city-park sounds inspired by Ball’s love of Greenwich Park. The hangings will remain on the sculpture until the next performance, when they will come to life again.
Special thanks to Curator, Jessica Shiel for her expert contribution to this project.
The exhibition includes a selection of textiles, an accompanying film featuring the in Greenwich Park, archival sketchbooks, performance and photographs.