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Dwelling is the Light

Dwelling is the Light

Timothy Taylor presents Dwelling is the Light, an online exhibition curated by Katy Hessel, the curator and art historian behind The Great Women Artists Instagram account.

Inspired by the evolving effects of the global lockdown on our attitudes towards nature versus domestic life, the exhibition presents works by a multigenerational group of women artists working within a range of mediums to explore the relationship between interiors and the outdoors.

As Hessel writes, "Women—who for many centuries were simultaneously at home within but also confined to domestic spaces—retain a unique perspective on the interplay between the indoors and the unbridled freedom of the natural world.” The title, Dwelling is the Light, is drawn from William Wordsworth’s seminal 1798 poem ‘Tintern Abbey,’ which centers on the author’s meditations on the restorative powers of nature, even in the form of memory.

We invite you to explore Dwelling is the Light through 15 May.

Once again
Do I behold these steep and lofty cliffs,
That on a wild secluded scene impress
Thoughts of more deep seclusion; and connect
The landscape with the quiet of the sky.

"Open sea water seen from above. Star-filled skies. Stones. Gray after gray: from the graphite of pencils, charcoal on paper and its erasure, oil paint in layer after layer of deep, smooth near-black. Forays into ochre and midnight blues, the earthen tones of sand and stone, then returning seemingly always to gray."

  – John Vincler, ‘On Desolation: Vija Celmins’, The Paris Review.

"Nature often transpierces indoor life in Los Angeles; Pecis shrewdly
captures this quality’s sunnier aspects by framing the horizontal splay of
how we represent ourselves within our own environments."

– Emmalea Russo, 'Hilary Pecis', Artforum.

Therefore let the moon
Shine on thee in thy solitary walk;
And let the misty mountain-winds be free
To blow against thee

Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum, Polyhedra, 2016

"Volcanic imagery tied in with my idea of ‘seeing through’: the body of a volcano becomes a portal through which we might glimpse the inner workings of the earth. That those inner workings present themselves as so powerfully destructive made me recall notions of beauty and the sublime." 

– Pamela Sunstrum on her video animation Polyhedra.

Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey, on Revisiting the Banks of the Wye During a Tour, July 13, 1798

William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

Dwelling is the Light – Timothy Taylor