Reassembling the Self
Curated by Susan Aldworth
16 September – 11 October 2014
GV Art gallery, London
Reassembling the Self is an exhibition centred on a study of the condition of schizophrenia, which weaves together art, science, psychiatry and individual histories in an extraordinary exploration of self, perception and the fragility of human identity. The work in the exhibition presents a series of responses to schizophrenia by three artists including two with a schizophrenia diagnosis.
To think of schizophrenia as a fragmented mind and then to focus on isolated fragments – the altered visual perceptions, heard voices, paranoid delusions – is to miss the whole experience… All of the work [in this exhibition] is at heart about human identity, the sense of self and how it holds itself together. Professor Anya Hurlbert, Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University.
Aldworth has made a suite of etchings called The Entangled Self 1-6, working on polymer plates and printing directly from human hair for the exhibition The work continues her interest in making work printing directly from the human body in an exploration of human identity and portraiture. Hair produces extremely fragile lines – at the limit of what you can capture on an etching plate . These prints are reflections on how fragile our sense of who we are really is.