Shelved - David Clarke & Tracey Rowledge
Bookbinder Tracey Rowledge and silversmith David Clarke’s Shelved is a new body of collaborative artwork developed during their 12 month residency at Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery, Library and Adult Education Centre.
Funded by Arts Council England as part of the second development stage of the Cultural & Learning Hub in Tunbridge Wells, the artists spent much of their time foraging in the Museum collections and Library archives as well as discovering the town and its people.
Taking on the role of curator, Rowledge and Clarke gathered their own collection of objects purchased from local charity shops or donated by local businesses. Together they reconsidered each object, reworking them in different ways until they were ready for presentation in this new exhibition of artistic interventions.
As a lover of Teak I am particularly fond of this piece. On their trips to local charity shops they began to notice a reassuring donation of teak antelopes, and so they began sourceing them from online auctions and junk shops to create 'Limbo'.
'Vacant' is beautiful and eerie all at once, I love the way the simple act of removing the contents of the frames has such a big impact on how we read the work. We know something is missing, but what?
The art works can be found in the Museum, Reference Library and Adult Education Centre cafe. Shelved exhibition runs: 19 January – 22nd April 2018