Charmed Life: The Solace of Objects by Felicity Powell @ the Wellcome Collection
Before I saw the exhibition I actually went to an Art Quest talk where she was talking and so found out a bit about the show before even setting foot in the space. The talk was about artists and collections and how and why artists work with institutions and their collections. Powell discussed her previous work with the V&A and the British Museum and then onto the recent work with the Wellcome. Having an interest in amulets Powell wanted to explore a particular collection within the institution. Edward Lovett's collection of Edwardian Londoners amulets intrigued her and so she has been working with this part of the collection. When you enter the exhibition it is clear that Powell has had a big part in the curation of the show as well as the making of her own work inspired by working with the objects. Artist as curator; which works extremely well when anyone engages with museums and their objects. People like to see artists personal choices of objects as well as the work they make from them, giving the artist a level of freedom to choose the objects to be put on display and how they are displayed produces a really cohesive show.
This, and the accompanying exhibition, Infinitas Gracias,[which is a exhibition showing a large collection of Mexican miracle votive paintings] is on at the Wellcome Collection until 26th Feb 2012.
More reviews to come.....