a hook but no fish

The first UK solo exhibition by London-based New Zealand artist Sriwhana Spong.

at Pump House Gallery

Spong presents work that develops her interest in the fertile margins where things meet or spill over, playing in the crevices of culturally-inscribed boundaries.

Central to the exhibition, alongside sculpture, textile, painting and musical instruments, will be a new film work exploring the Lingua Ignota (unknown language) heard and recorded by the twelfth century mystic, Hildegard of Bingen. Possibly one of the earliest known ‘constructed languages’, the Lingua Ignota appears to insert new vocabulary into the grammatical structure of Latin, and could be read as inflecting the ‘classical body’ of medieval high culture with the ‘grotesque body’ represented by women.

Working with materials and forms that reflect their cultural contexts and sources underpins much of Spong’s practice. With this exhibition she investigates what happens in the gaps of homogeneity through cultural forms, inquisitively presenting ways into these spaces through her research.

Pump House Gallery

Opening Times
Preview: Tuesday 9 January, 6.30-8.30pm

10 January - 1 April 2018
Wednesday to Sunday, 11am-4pm

Pump House Gallery
Battersea Park
SW11 4NJ