Sarah Misselbrook 2017

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Comunió de la vida

A site-specific drawing using charcoal has been applied to the wall. Taking inspiration from the inner structure of the fig, the drawing relates to its environment. A large, wild fig tree emerges from the top of the wall. The wall also features a water drainage pipe, which the artist has used to incorporate into the work.

Wrapped around the water pipe is a cast from the artist’s hands, as if waiting for redemption. The cupped hands cradle a small succulent plant. The work comments on the cycles of nature and how this can be applied to the village community. The generations of people and the movement and the source of life of the River Ebro. The artist is attempting to embody the ugliness and simultaneous beauty of life and death.

Misselbrook, born in the United Kingdom in 1977, earned a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Nottingham Trent, and began her multi-media practice addressing body-related issues such as canvas and consumer in response to expectations. of society. Misselbrook completed a qualification focused on disordered psychology, as well as earning her PGCE in 2004 from the University of Southampton. Misselbrook’s master’s program included a sculptural installation and recorded performances that conveyed educational, religious, and submissive acts on missions of perfection.

This structured behaviour and performance is providing a new dimension for the artist, opening up her practice and interrupting controlled processes and exhibitions. More recently, the artist has completed several public commissions, including a large-scale wall work in rural Catalonia in 2012, entitled “Protection”, commenting on the use of the Catalan language and the protection of it by women in the home.

In 2014 Misselbrook created a large-scale installation project at NLCS Jeju, South Korea, drawing inspiration from volcanic island and traditional calligraphy and the incorporation of community performances, smelting and body print. The artist is currently working on field-specific body presentations, in the field and on public commissions and educational workshops both in the UK and internationally.

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We offer guided tours throughout the summer months. The tour is completed in two parts, a morning stroll and an evening walk. With a long lunch and siesta break in between. If you would like to book a guided tour fill in the form below.

If you are visiting Riba-roja d’Ebre and would like to stay, we can recommended accommodation. Riba Rocks can arrange lunch for you at a local bar or restaurant as part of the day tour. The tour offers you an insight into the background of each artist and the concept behind their work in Riba-roja d’Ebre.

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