"In love at eight with Othello’s Desdemona. On our strawberry iMac I draw her massive soprano body tightly folded in a blue silk dress. No images of the play to be found anywhere, this was before the internet. And at bedtime I tell him dragons don’t exist, fear the real world instead."
Dorine van Meel is the fourth recipient of the Nina Stewart Artist Residency at the SLG. For her first solo show in a public institution Van Meel will present a video and sound installation which uses language to give voice to the desires of an inner world; where selves double whilst actions repeat, objects reappear and patterns unveil. Van Meel’s practice is situated within and between the media of moving image, sculpture and installation. Expanding the moving image beyond its frame, she sets up relationships between the work, the exhibition space and the viewer – both of an experiential and affective kind. Drawing from existing (his)stories, personal experiences and observations of day-to-day reality, fragmented narratives and forms of subjectivity are constructed through an interplay of voices and signs.
To accompany her exhibition Between the Dog and the Wolf, Van Meel is producing a publication which brings together a group of peer contributors to explore the ways in which specific use of language and words can create a sense of space, time, class and cultural identity.
The Nina Stewart Artist Residency with the South London Gallery is funded by The Nina and Roger Stewart Charitable Trust.