An exhibition for the hollow days
by Sarah Sparkes
103b Dalston Lane
London E8 1NH
Private View: Friday 2nd November, 6.00pm – 8.30pm
Exhibition runs: Friday 2nd – Sunday 25th November
Opening times: daily 8am – 5pm (weekends 10am – 5pm)
Sarah Sparkes has created new works, and re-configured some older ones, to create an installation specially for Coffeeismycupoftea Space. David Soul is a response
to the season and its associations with ghost festivals. It is a celebration of the darkening days.
Sparkes sees the objects in the exhibition as containers and conduits for the embodying of narratives and more conceptually 'spirits'. Her subjects, which include: Janet
the Enfield poltergeist girl, First Nations Ghost-dancers, neolithic monuments and artefacts and some key figures from early 20th century psychical research, all attempt
(ed) to communicate with the dead.
Two rolls of wallpaper, remnants from those that graced the walls of Sparkes' childhood bedroom and kitchen, have been used together with gouache paint, digital
print collage and assemblages, across the works.
The work is divided into three distinct groups:
The Way Home, gouache on wallpaper, 2016
Ghost – Dance, 2018 digital print and collage on wallpaper
The Electric Girls, 2018, installation with found objects, digital print and LED lights
Sarah Sparkes is a London-based artist and curator. Her work explores magical or mythical narratives, vernacular belief systems and the visualisation of anomalous
phenomena. Her work is often research led and an exploration into the borderlands where science and magic intersect. She works with installation, sculpture, painting,
performance and more recently film.
Sparkes exhibits widely in the UK and internationally. Her work The GHost Formula, 2016, commissioned by FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) recently
toured to NTMoFA (National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts) as part of the exhibition No Such Thing As Gravity curated by Rob la Frenais. She was the 2015 recipient of the
MERU ART*SCIENCE Award. In collaboration with Ian Thompson, she was awarded a BEYOND artist residency at Allenheads Contemporary Arts, 2018. She exhibits
with New Art Projects London.
She leads the visual arts and creative research project GHost, initiated 2008, consists of an on-going programme of exhibitions, performances and interdisciplinary
seminars interrogating the idea of the ghost. GHost events have been supported by Folkestone Biennial, University of the Arts, University of London, FACT, NTMoFA and
Arts Council of England - in 2016/17 Sparkes was awarded Arts Council funding for her project to archive Liverpool ghost stories. She recently co-curated the Ghost Tide
exhibition at Thames-side Studios Gallery with Monika Bobinska of CANAL Prjects. Sparkes has published chapters on the GHost project and has lectured extensively
on this subject.