Stormie Mills | Whose name was writ in water

Location City Gallery
From Saturday 07 March 2020 -  10:00am
To Sunday 10 May 2020 - 04:00pm

Whose name was writ in water opens on Friday 6 March 2020, 6pm.


Ever conscious of my own youth spent making works in and on the streets and its inherent lack of permanence this exhibition has been inspired by my exploration of John Keats and the mythology of youth.

John Keats wrote “to make old prose in modern rhyme more sweet” in 1818, when he was still a young man, in fact we know that although he was never to become an old man, passing away as he did at 25, his words and letters were those of some one beyond his years with him oft referred to as an “old soul”.

I started to think about what it would mean should we be granted the good fortune to gather more years than Keats, before the memories "fade far away, dissolve & quite forget.”

In many instances Keats’ words still ring true & are contemporary today, indeed Bob Geldof states in the introduction of “Love is my religion” that Keats can easily be equated with some of the “more sensitive pop heroes” and “very emo” in that his words resonate today as poignantly than they did when first written.

When I embarked upon this body of work I did so in much the same way as Keats, as a “Grand Tour” of my own, a creative journey, armed with a little knowledge and experience.

There was a visit to the Keats-Shelley House in Roma, his grave-side that includes the epitaph “here lies one whose name is writ in water” a parallel with the temporal notion of street works and life itself.

There is a memory in a repeated action, there is a whisper in a line, when our eyes walk us through the gate of admission on our exit when we all momentarily forget all else, an artwork we have lived, loved and truly experienced.



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