Work by Marcelle Hanselaar is currently on show in the group exhibition ‘Strange Worlds: the vision of Angela Carter’, which opened on 10 December 2016 and continues until 19 March 2017 at Royal West of England Academy, Bristol. The exhibition explores the vision of novelist, writer and journalist Angela Carter and includes work by artists who influenced Carter and those who were inspired by her.
Bristol’s first art gallery, the RWA, celebrates the life, work and influences of Angela Carter – one of the most distinctive literary voices of the last 100 years.
Strange Worlds: The Vision of Angela Carter (Sat 10 Dec 2016 – Sun 19 Mar 2017) invites a dialogue between art, literature and the imagination by exploring the artists who influenced Carter and those who were inspired by her.
Delving into the latent meanings of childhood fairytales and the twisted imagery of gothic mysticism, this exhibition pays homage to the dark and compelling drama of Carter’s visual imagination – brutal, surrealist and savage.
Strange Worlds reveals the profound impact of Carter’s work on 21st century culture, and includes painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, printmaking and film from the nineteenth century to the present day.
Echoing Carter’s recurring themes of feminism, mysticism, sexuality and fantasy, the exhibition includes historically significant works by Marc Chagall, William Holman Hunt, Paula Rego, Dame Laura Knight, Leonora Carrington and John Bellany, on loan from major national collections.
The exhibition also features works by major contemporary artists who were either directly influenced by Carter, or who explore themes found throughout her work. These include Ana Maria Pacheco – who presents her macabre and unsettling installation, The Banquet – Alice Maher, Eileen Cooper RA, Tessa Farmer, Nicola Bealing RWA, Marcelle Hanselaar and Lisa Wright RWA.
These works are shown alongside illustrations from Carter’s books, manuscripts, photographs and personal artefacts that give a fascinating and intimate insight into her life and work.
The exhibition is curated by Dr Marie Mulvey-Roberts of UWE, and the artist and writer Fiona Robinson RWA.