trofannolismo exhibition and seminar at oriel plas glyn y weddw 9 june 2018

My exhibition opens with a seminar at Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw on 9 June 2018. The exhibition includes work by: Gareth Griffith, Doris Lockley, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy (lent by Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum of Wales), Rachel Porter, Simon Royer, Simon Whitehead and Lisa Wilkens along with a series of taxidermy birds also lent by Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum of Wales.

Yn gysylltiedig â’r arddangosfa / Linked to the exhibition:

Y Seminar / Seminar

Celf yw Natur, Natur fel Celf  09/06/2018 manylion ar Rhaid archebu lle

Art is Nature, Nature as Art  09/06/2018 details on booking essential

Morag Colquhoun will be discussing her project Trofannolismo

Christine Evans will be reading from her collections of poetry relating to Ynys Enlli - Bardsey Island

Peter Howlett, former curator of vertebrate zoology at Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum of Wales, will be sharing his knowledge of migratory birds and the Ynys Enlli - Bardsey Island collection of taxidermy birds

Ben Stammers artist and People and Wildlife Officer for North Wales Wildlife Trust will be talking about the cross over between art and ecology

Simon Whitehead will be sharing his project, 22 tormentil, relating to the Llyn Peninsula

Arddangosfa’n parhau hyd 15/07/201  / Exhibition continues to 15/07/2018

Plas Glyn y Weddw, Llanbedrog, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, LL53 7TT / 01758 740763 /

Ar agor yn ddyddiol / open daily 10am - 5pm

Mynediad am ddim / Free admission

“Ar ymylon pethau mae’r arloesedd – neu’r ymdarddiad – mwyaf yn digwydd.” Mae Trofannolismo yn ail-ddychmygu mudiad Tropicália Brasilaidd yr 1960au o bersbectif Cymru wledig. 

“It is often at the edges of things that the most innovation - or emergence – occurs.” Trofannolismo is a re-imagination of the 1960s Brazilian Tropicália movement from a perspective of rural Wales. 

 delwedd:  ŵy ynys / island egg  /  huevo isla , 2017, Morag Colquhoun crystoleum albumen ar y gweill / albumen crystoleum in progress

delwedd: ŵy ynys / island egg / huevo isla, 2017, Morag Colquhoun crystoleum albumen ar y gweill / albumen crystoleum in progress

route to the site

My film Route to the Site is to be shown at the Peak artist film night at The Art House, Wakefield on 31 January 2018 along with films by Susan Adams, Edwin Burdis, Stefhan Caddick, Rebecca Chesney, Anna Falcini, Penny Hallas, Islet/Ewan Jones Morris, Siôn Marshall Waters, Chris Nurse and Helen Sear.  

On a road trip to North West Scotland I revisited a remote childhood beach and discovered the place where my Welsh speaking but originally Gaelic speaking great grandfather came from - but left for Wales following a period of famine and clearances. The film’s title, Route to the Site, comes from a text by the artist Robert Smithson (1969), in which he talks about the abstract nature of a highway as compared to the physicality of a trail. Voicing and stumbling over unknown words seems to similarly embody language. In the film, I copy a Gaelic-speaking man and my Welsh-speaking mother to speak words from two passages of Isaiah, which have historical relevance to the places and the loss – or resistance - of the languages.

Terry Eagleton (2003) describes the Book of Isaiah as a revolutionary document in which the dispossessed are presented as the continual failure of the dominant order and as such, the only plausible image of the future. I discovered that as English colonialism advanced, Isaiah was quoted in two thinly veiled critiques of the dominant order relating to my own history and cultural identity. First, Isaiah 56 was quoted by radical churchwardens in late 18th century Wales, defending the right of Welsh speaking parishioners to hear sermons in their own language. Second, in the mid 19th century, Isaiah 11 was read by the local free church minister to members of my great grandfather’s community, at the point of their forced emigration from the North West Highlands.