Havant Arts Centre, Havant, UK
‘Read me’ explored the use of words and text in contemporary art. Misselbrook featured two series of works in this exhibition, ‘I Dream of a Common Language’ 2005 and ‘Know Your Place’ 2007. The latter created during her recent stay in Cyprus as part of her Post Graduate study.
‘I Dream of a Common Language’ depicts varying states of female ‘ness’ using make-up, fat and chocolate struggling to communicate with the viewer. These canvases embody the skeletal, sexual and suffering self – one body moving through each state.
‘Know Your Place’ presents symmetrical inkblots on pages taken from Faludi’s ‘Backlash’ spoilt by stains of consumption. The artist used this series of works as place-mats on the dinner table during every mealtime for a period of six weeks. The works show the drink ring marks and food debris, heat sealed to preserve them.
An interesting variety of work across all media shown at the arts centre with a fantastic response.