Catalogue of Failures

The winter of 2021 saw artwork accepted into the second edition of ‘Catalogue of Failures’. The series of photographs entitled ‘Dust to Dust’ along with ‘Between Spaces’, a written word piece created at the same time both feature in this publication.

Misselbrook created drawings using handmade charcoal and then returned them to the fire, unhappy with the failed results.

The artist made paint from the resulting ash bi-product from the ruined paper based artworks. Using olive oil from the artist’s olive farm based studio, this paint was highly corrosive.

The artist then applied this ash paint to her face, as some sort of facial treatment for regeneration. The artist documented each stage of the process and the resulting photographs produce ‘Dust to Dust’.

Misselbrook created the written word piece ‘Between Spaces’ as the artist hiked up the mountain with the ash on her face. The artists recorded these words and put them to imagery to produce video documentation.

Many thanks to Catalogue of Failures for featuring these works. The idea of failure, failing, ruining and trying again forms an integral part of Misselbrook’s practice. Either deliberately destroying ‘perfect’ results form casting techniques or ruining and burning drawings or canvases.

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