The Watchie, 2019 (Limited Edition Print, 2019)
Digital pigment Print by K2 Screen Ltd., London
Printed on Somerset Photo Satin Paper, 300gsm
210 x 297mm
Edition of 15
Signed and numbered by the artist
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This edition has been produced on the occasion of The Bitter Cup by Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan, published by Book Works in association with Hospitalfield.
About the work:
The Bitter Cup is a novelistic response to artist Lil Neilson’s archive of paintings and sketch books left on her death in 1998. Lil Neilson met Joan Eardley in 1960 at Hospitalfield and the two artists worked alongside one another at The Watchie, their studio in Catterline Aberdeenshire, in the early 1960s. Neilson’s work is framed in a fiction, which locates itself in the historical moment that the landscape of Scottish art was radically transformed – through a process that was dubbed ‘the Glasgow Miracle’. The story moves between a fictional coastal village in the East, and a mystical recollection of Glasgow, in the West, in this period. A single image, A Place for 4 Women, a painting by Lil Neilson set against the watchie garden and the sea, interrupts the text and acts as a premonition of the stories that follows. Evie, the main protagonist, is positioned in this shift, articulating the conflicts and antagonisms, desires and sexuality of her own, and the authors’ imaginary. The image is of the work Think Thingamajig (2003) by Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan, photographed by the artists, in the garden outside The Watchie, during the Catterline Arts Festival, August 2003.
About the artists:
Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan (b. 1971 West Yorkshire & 1967 Norwich) live and work in London & Newcastle respectively. Working across sculpture, installation, performance, and publishing, Tatham and O’Sullivan have developed a distinctive visual language that is rich in content and attitude. Employing the images, objects and histories of art and visual culture – such as standing stones, Op-art designs and hieroglyphics – the artists’ scrutinise and challenge the conventions by which art is expected to function, be valued and displayed.They have staged significant commissions for Studio Voltaire, London (2021); for Swire Properties at Taikoo Li Quiantan, Shanghai (2021); a collaboration with Swatch watches (2020); at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art (2018); Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (2017) and Tramway, Glasgow (2014; 2010; 2001). In 2005 they represented Scotland at the 51st Venice Biennale. Tatham and O’Sullivan are represented by The Modern Institute, Glasgow.
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