Welcome to the first of our online exhibitions for you to enjoy at home.
Alchemy: Artefacts Reimagined is an exhibition of new art created by artist Ann-Marie James in response to four ancient museum objects. It was originally on display at Poole Museum from 1 February – 19 April 2020.
The artist has reimagined the history and meaning of the artefacts and drawn out common themes. Alchemy was a medieval practice attempting to turn metals into gold.
Wessex Museums invited the artist to explore the collections of its four partner museums. She selected one object from each to use as the inspiration for a series of new gold and white artworks.
This exhibition encourages us to look at museum objects differently and to find our own meaning and inspiration in them. The exhibition has been generously supported by Ridinghouse/Karsten Schubert. Wessex Museums is supported by Arts Council England.
About the Artist:
Ann-Marie James explores change, or metamorphosis through her work. She is interested in the way that artefacts’ themes and origins might be used to create her own responses towards artwork.
James uses a range of art processes in her work, including painting, printmaking, drawing and collage. Work by Ann-Marie James is held in the collections of museums such as The British Museum and the V&A and she has undertaken residencies internationally.
Generously supported by:
Arts Council England
Karsten Schubert / Ridinghouse