Using video, sculptural installation and performance, American artist Shana Moulton has developed a distinctive psychic and aesthetic realm anchored around her alter ego, Cynthia. Collectively titled Whispering Pines – the name taken from the mobile-home park for senior citizens near Yosemite that her parents ran – these episodic videos, begun in 2002, chart Cynthia’s personal tribulations. They also reflect on the relationship between consumerism and the search for spirituality.
In Moulton’s first institutional solo show in the UK, new videos and sculptural installations commissioned by Zabludowicz Collection are presented alongside key recent projects. They are linked by an exploration of feminist spirituality, specifically the motif of the trapped or imprisoned woman. Ideas central to today’s cultural debate, such as the personal wellness industry, ecological protest and alternative models of livings, are addressed with off-kilter humour and a strange sincerity.
The exhibition concludes with the installation Whispering Pines ∞ (2018) in which Moulton, in collaboration with musician Nick Hallett, has extended Cynthia’s adventures into something operatic in scope. Lush and magical song cycles transport viewers upwards with Cynthia, offering a glimpse of new horizons beyond her domestic confines.
|Duration||12 September 2019 - 15 December 2019|
|Times||Thursday – Sunday 12–6pm|
|Address||176 Prince of Wales Road, London, NW5 3PT|
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