This exhibition looks to discuss the curated group of objects brought together and then bound together through time and space: a hoard. The focus of this exhibition is the West Yorkshire Hoard, which was buried and found in Yorkshire.
The West Yorkshire Hoard; is an early medieval hoard, consisting of seven objects – four gold rings, one gold ingot, and one gold brooch fragment. The seventh object is a lead spindle whorl.
Through a series of new artwork, made in response to this hoard, the exhibition aims to spark discussion about the material binds that brought these objects together. By considering their physical and material makeup as the catalyst for their eventual hoard-bound state, this next stage in these objects’ use-life can be contemplated.
Lorna Johnson is a visual artist and practice-led PhD student at the University of Leeds, based at the School of Fine Art, Art History & Cultural Studies. Working predominantly to make artist-made objects and sculptural installations/assemblages, Johnson’s work is inclusive and experimental. Her instinct is to cherry-pick, and she sees this as part of her role as an artist. She is drawn to objects and materials where the monetary value is questionable; visually this is explored through the combinations of materials and quantities of items that she chooses to use and make, and the association's people may have with both material and object. This is currently taking a central role in the work she is conducting as part of her practice-led thesis research: Yorkshire Hoards – Understanding the objective / subjective value of the objects we continue to earmark, lay, maintain, stow, put away through the artist’s edit.
Johnson exhibits both nationally and internationally.