Ellie Collins - Sweepings

28 Mar 2018 – 13 Apr 2018

Event times

9am – 5pm

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The Art House

England, United Kingdom


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Ellie Collins creates an immersive installation exploring disability, disempowerment and futility through the theme of sweepings. Sound, 3D works, and video combine to create a site-responsive experience for visitors.


For Sweepings Ellie Collins’ diverse narratives are the catalyst for sound, film and assemblage with thematic cohesion in colour, texture, proximity and form. 

Collins favours institutional spaces where she can respond intuitively to features such as carpet, blinds, ledges and radiators.

Sweeping on carpet is frustrating and certain to end in at least partial failure. Embracing futility, the artist rejects ease or perfection in place of something richer, more abstruse and irregular.

During June and July 2018, Ellie Collins wrote something every day for thirty days in response to the word Sweepings

Sweepings 1st July

Brush aside the notion that sweeping statements suffice. Brush truth under the carpet for long enough and a lump will form to trip you up

Sweepings 24th June

They watch as September swirls in the window

She is stooped and weak

A-line skirt hanging slack

Bottom lip snatched by a sudden gust

Sweepings 14th June

Vast mouths filtered planktonic morsels; sustainably straining nourishment from the sea through plates frayed into bristles forming a matted sieve, till commercial fishing vessels ventured further and further into Arctic waters to land giants for the sake of fashion, chimney brushes and upholstery stuffing

Ellie also has an audio artwork from the Sweepings series selected for this year’s Shape Open, Mile End, London, E3.

Event Title: Shape Open 2018 – Collective Influence

Venue: The Art Pavillion, Mile End Park, Clinton Road, London, E3 4QY

Dates: 22nd March 2018 – 5th April, 2018

Opening hours: 10am – 6pm

Private View: 6.30 to 8.30pm, Thursday 22 March, open to the public: www.facebook.com/events/155248175253753

End: 5th April, 2018 at 6:00pm

Website: https://www.shapearts.org.uk/Event/shape-open-2018

Contacts: exhibitions@shapearts.org.uk        Tel: 020 7424 7330

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