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Susanna Edwards
Estuarial Lives


GE Club, Great Eastern Hotel

August 31 - September 18, 2004

10 pieces

This solo exhibition of signage curated by Phillipa Jarvis and Rowan Drury was inspired by the writer Iain Sinclair's documentary fiction, Estuarial Lives:

"In Dining On Stones, a novel that lurched between the south coast and the A13, I referred to an earlier book called Estuarial Lives. I struggle to explain the genesis of this fictional documentary. I took the decision that the road would have to be walked. Every Yard of it. Aldgate to the sea: through memory, mess, corruption, dying industries, political scams, satellite shopping cities buried in chalk quarries. The magic lay in acts of recognition and recovery, privileged glimpses into the collaged landscape of futurology [deserted retail palaces] and mountains of scrap metal. Lost Roads and epic schemes...."
Iain Sinclair, 2004

Through collaboration and response to landscapes represented by film maker Chris Petit and Sinclair during the recording of their research journey (from Beckton Alp to Shoeburyness, May 2004), a body of graphic artefacts are produced. Utilising selected extracts, Edwards transforms textual documentary into graphic signage (materials and techniques include neon, backlit perspex, sandblast glass, metal etching, enamel signage).

Related exhibition events such as a Sinclair reading, and artists' talks by Sinclair and Edwards sought to further extend the interplay between spoken, written and typographic use of word. Forthcoming permanent display and collection under negotiation (British Library, Museum of London).

Slideshow: Susanna Edwards - Estuarial Lives

Further dissemination:
Artists' talks by Iain Sinclair and Susanna Edwards, May 2004
Great British Design conference, St Brides Printing library, June 2007
Cited in Design Week, Nov 2006

This project received sponsorship from The National Art Collections Fund.

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