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Ode to Jealousy

HANGING BY A THREAD/An einem Faden hängen.

Sparkasse & Saumweber in Fürth, Germany.

Exhibition: April 18 - May 11 2007.

 

Change of use/Gebrauchswandel
Change of mind/Gesinnungswandel
Change of identity/Identitätswandel
Change of industry/ Industriewandel
Change of place/Ortswechsel

Nicola Atkinson Davidson’s Hanging by Thread / Ode to Jealousy exhibition for the City of Fürth, pulls together different threads of history to form its basis. It invites you to look at yourself through someone else's profile, cut out in silhouette, using mirrors and framing each site, to introduce inward reflection of desires, our sense of freedom and our place within the world.


The shawl production of Paisley was at its height in the late 17th and early 18th century, although the mass of workers were employed in a technically skilled manner, the creativity and passion of these people was written down in the from of poetry as seen in the poem “Ode to Jealousy” by Robert Tannahill. It talks of contemplation, desires and liberating oneself from ones thoughts.


At the same time as this the silhouette was a very popular affordable form of portraiture before the invention of the photograph. The use of the cut-out silhouette as a way to present the profile evokes the cutting away process of creating patterns for the shawls. Instead of paper the cut-out materials will be metal and mirror to reference the important mirror production history of Furth.


The profile is that of a Scottish artisan creating a link between the skilled workers of the past and those of the present working in Scotland. This then brings the past and present workers of Scotland together.

 

Ode to Jealousy


Mark what daemon hither bends,
Gnawing still his finger-ends,
Wrapt in contemplation deep,
Wrathful, yet inclin’d to weep,
Thy wizard gait, thy breath-check’d broken sigh,
Thy burning cheeks, thy lips, black, wither’d, dry;
Thy side- thrown glance, with wild malignant eye,
Betray thy foul intent, infernal Jealousy.


Hence thou self-tormenting fiend,
To thy spleen-dug cave descend,
Fancying wrongs that never were,
Rend thy bosom, tear thy hair,
Brood fell hate within thy den,
Come not near the haunts of men.


Let man be faithful to his brother man,
Nor guileful, still revert kind heaven’s plan,
Then slavish fear, and mean distrust shall cease,
And confidence, confirm a lasting mental place.

Robert Tannahill 1774 – 1810

 

 

Profile

Nicola Atkinson.Davidson

 

Hanna Tuulikki

 

Duncan McLaren

PRESS RELEASE

Separate/Together

sound collaboration

 

Nicola Atkinson Davidson

& Hanna Tuulikki

as part of

HANGING BY A THREAD, 2006 - 7

 

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A MIRROR FOR NUREMBERG, A MIRROR FOR GLASGOW

 

Writing by Duncan McLaren

 

International artist’s exchange

Nürnberg July - Oct 18 2006

Schloss (Castle) Almoshof

Nicola Atkinson Davidson is living, working and exhibiting in the Castle Almoshof.

 

Black Suitcase from Karachi ( on tour )

Starting with the Glasgow Art Fair and then Los Angeles, who knows where...?

 

Buttons UP

UK, LA, NY, BRAZEN and HABANA

Initiative by Nicola Atkinson.Davidson

 

 

 

 

 


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