Sunday, 17 April 2011

Tokens and Totems

Excitement is mounting here at Kitsch Mansions. In just over two weeks we will be taking a quick trip to Cornwall in order to set up my new exhibition at the Here and Now Gallery in Falmouth. After a lot of indecision deep thought, I've called it Tokens and Totems.

A friend called my weird dolls 'totemic', which I really like. Although I affectionately refer to them as 'my dollies', that can be misleading, so maybe Totem Dolls would be a better way of describing them. A totem is symbolic or emblematic, and has connotations of tribal art, so that seems appropriate.

Tokens are also symbolic, or representations of something else. My dolls are representations of the human figure, but 'token' also makes me think of little plastic toys, coins and charms, which I use on the dolls and on other pieces. Think also of love tokens, tokens of office, bus tokens, token female. I love all the layers of meaning, although there might possibly be too much meaning in that little word!

This exhibition has all come about through the talented Camilla. She set up the wonderful Here Shop in Bristol, and is now studying down in Falmouth. She manages to find time to work at the Here and Now Gallery there, and she invited me to exhibit. A solo exhibition is incredibly exciting for me, and I'm so pleased to have this opportunity. I cannot thank Camilla enough for being so encouraging about my work. I only hope I can live up to her opinion! 

So now I'm busy finishing work and wondering if there will be enough. I also have huge wobbles about whether it's good enough. Why are exciting things so scary? Does this happen to everyone or is it just me?


Jane Housham said...

Exciting things are definitely scary, but this will be absolutely brilliant. I think the poster is fantastic and your work sings out. Also, it's in gorgeous Falmouth, so cannot fail to be a success, and you get to go to Cornwall as well. It's all good. Apart from my (very warm and well-meaning)envy! X

Murgatroyd said...

Excellent - what a great opportunity. Only wish I was a little closer so that I could see it in person. Like the use of 'Totem' to describe your creations.
Good luck!

Neil Smith said...

we will try to pop down but sure it will go well

menopausalmusing said...

This your time to SHINE!

TK said...

Better to be a bit scared than blasé.