“Rhetoric Works & Vanity Works & Other Works” is a suite of objects sited within Newhailes, a 17th century house owned by The National Trust for Scotland, and forms a larger narrative that includes a visit to the house and an engagement with its history and current use. Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan’s work draws on their motifs from the last few years – specifically, shapes, patterns, textures and signs. The suite of objects, made from lead, marble, porcelain and wood, works both in sympathy with and in contrast to the 17th century domestic interior of Newhailes.
Joanne Tatham (b.1971) & Tom O’Sullivan (b.1967) live and work in Glasgow. In 2005, they were chosen, with two other artists, to represent Scotland at the 51st Venice Biennale; the exhibition then toured to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh. Their solo exhibitions and projects include “Is this what brings things into focus?” at Galerie Francesca Pia, Bern (2005), “The Slapstick Mystics with Sticks”, commissioned for Frieze Art Fair, London (2004) and “Think Thingamajig and Other Things” at Kunsthaus Glarus, Switzerland (2003). Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan are Research Fellows at Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.
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