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Artist of the Week: Agnes Poitevin-Navarre

Agnes Poitevin-Navarre participates in ‘Fellow Artists – Fellow Muses’ at King’s College Cambridge Arts Centre until 26 November

Information about the exhibition: “Maps have the capacity to open worlds of reality and imagination”  wrote Professor Jeremy Black in “Remarkable Maps – Examples of How Cartography Defined, Changed and Stole the World”. The art practice of Agnès Poitevin-Navarre epitomizes that idea. The exhibition at King’s College Arts Centre is a wonderful platform to explore and engage with this conceptual artist’s past and new body of work.

‘The Art of Being Anecdotal’ could be the subtitle of this exhibition that includes the ‘Colour Coding’ series, ‘The Reader’ and the magnificent ‘Fellow Artists, Fellow Muses’ installation that was shown last year at the Royal Geographical Society in London. This solo show also features new work such as the artist hair embroidered floorplans series as well as the newly commissioned ‘Proustian Map of Cambridge’, a collaboration with Cantabrigians that elaborates on the locals’ greatest achievements and pearls of wisdom.

Agnès Poitevin-Navarre is a conceptual artist interested in the limits of categorizations and semantics. She graduated with an MA from the Slade, UCL, in 1997 and has since been exhibiting locally, nationally and internationally. She works across a range of media but is known primarily for her cartographic and anecdotal work. She uses maps as a shorthand to explore notions of identity, nationality and social codes. She also composes collages and masterminds installations, giving them a poetic twist.

Find out more about this exhibition here

Working with Iniva: Agnès Poitevin-Navarre participated in Iniva’s Creative Mapping project, working with Year 7 students to produce Personal Cartographies; on a series of workshops the group identified key words, symbols and pictograms that define their personal, pronoid journeys and with Hackney Community College students working on the Mapping the Creative Process project.

Artist of the week: Susan Stockwell

Exhibition at the Florence Nightingale Museum

Artist Susan Stockwell is currently running a project at the Florence Nightingale Museum based on quilt making. Taking inspiration from a quilt made from 20th century nursing uniforms, Susan and a group from Lambeth Council will create quilts from recycled materials.

The resulting art works, along with new work by Susan, will be shown in an exhibition at the museum called All Stitched Up, from May 2011.

Stockwell’s work draws on everyday materials that are manipulated and transformed into extraordinary sculptures, collages and installations questioning ecology, historic and present day trade, and the post and neo-colonial implications of global commerce.  Recent exhibitions include installation Flood at York St Marys (York City Art Gallery) 18 June-31 October 2010; Susan Stockwell Selected Works at the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A), London in 2001 and group exhibitions Quilts from 1700 to the Present Day, Hidden Histories, Untold Stories at the V&A until and Creative Compass at the Royal Geographic Society.

The artist has worked with Iniva on several occasions on the theme of mapping and created a site-specific commission, River of Blood, for the vast window of Rivington Place for the 2010 exhibition Whose Map is it? New Mapping by Artists. The installation was made up of an intricate network of red tributaries to form the iconic image of the Thames River map. She draws parallels between city roads and human arteries, investigating the north versus south London divide that the capital’s citizens frequently highlight. You can listen to a radio interview where the artist talks about the installation here.