Heather Phillipson: TRUE TO SIZE

Heather Phillipson - TRUE TO SIZE at 20-21 Visual Arts CentreHeather Phillipson - TRUE To SIZE at 20-21 Viual Arts Centre 2


25 January to 21 March 2020

Acclaimed contemporary artist and poet Heather Phillipson mixes images, noises, objects, languages and bodies to make immersive works are full of cultural references and emotional responses. TRUE TO SIZE, a commissioned work for the Arts Council Collection is a physical poem transplanted from Phillipson’s imagination to the gallery space.

Originally commisioned to celebrate the Arts Council Collection’s 70th anniversary, and first exhibited exhibited at Plymouth Arts Centre in 2016  – TRUE TO SIZE, was reconfigured into an open-plan format to fill the large Nave space at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre and shown for only the second time in its entirety, featuring a series of video and audio works that play out stimulating, fantastical and furry sculptural narratives.

The installation paired mass-produced materials, such as large printed emojis and teddy bears, with monitors and speakers. In one scene, a bear wearing a pink ball gown climbs a set of cardboard steps, and then emerges triumphant from emoji flames. In another, a bear has cut itself in half with giant emoji scissors.

Images: Heather Phillipson TRUE TO SIZE at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe (Courtesy of the Artist and the Arts Council Collection).