A Trail of Tales, Chapter I: Through the Portal

14 Jan 2011 – 3 Feb 2011

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The Misty Moon Gallery

London, United Kingdom


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  • 47, 75, 122, 136, 185, 199, 208, 284, 484, P4
  • Overground: to New Cross/New Cross Gate then 136 bus to Ladywell.
  • Approximately 15 minutes from central London, frequent service to Ladywell Station from Charing Cross, London Bridge and Waterloo East
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A Trail of Tales, Chapter I: Through the Portal


Exhibition: Thur.14.Jan.2011-Thurs.03.Feb.2011 Opening Night: Thurs.13.Jan.2011 7-10pm Closing Party: Thurs.03.Feb.2011 7-10pm Tank is proud to present London based artist Emma Winter's debut solo exhibition in London. Winter's artistic practice spans installation, sculpture, interactive art, set design, art direction, curation, and performance. For A Trail of Tales Winter has created a unique installation piece at Tank that will instinctively engage and envelope the viewer. Using various locations across London throughout the year, visitors can embark on a journey that will start at Tank and take them to one of our local Deptford art galleries, into the heart of London's theatre district, and on to other secret locations across the city. What exactly will happen is part of the mystery and those taking part will have to follow clues to get there. Winter's work somehow always leads her to a fantasy realm where one or several stories merge, unravel or follow a path. Party attributed to an overactive imagination, which inspires her reality, she explores how life is formed from fantasy and fantasy from life in many of her bold installations. With Chapter I:Through the Portal, Winter's intention is for the viewer to be sucked into the piece as if crossing a threshold. This first instalment is a whirlwind that takes the shape of multiple forms, each unique to individual imagination and perception, drawing up random literary extracts and tumbling them out reconfigured. Used as a purveyor of morals, warnings, ideals and goals, it has been claimed that faerytails have a profound impact on child development, especially in learning how to overcome psychological conflicts. Many scholars and psychoanalysts have explored links with, sexual repression, gender roles, collective consciousness and Freud's theory of wish fulfilment. In most classic faerytails the wish is achieved and the happy ever after follows, yet in the multiplicity of real life, one wish is replaced with another as desires are met, lost or replaced. Winter believes the primary function of such stories is to act as a facilitator for continuously building a contemporary version from ones own desires. Thus, she aims to explore the boundary between imagination, existence and experience through creating her own illusions while inviting others to visit and momentarily make it their own. The installation itself mimics the historical evolution of the faerytail and the vessels of it's distribution simultaneously. From wood to paper, from aural whisperings to printed literature, from individual books to multitudes of pages sewn together, the recycling of both the story and material are dominant themes. Even the books were saved from a skip and will go onto be transformed in the future.

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