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A gripping installation piece at the British Museum…

January 25, 2007

IT IS LATE AT NIGHT HERE, and I have an early class meeting in the morning, but I feel compelled to write a small blurb about the exhibition I saw at the British Museum yesterday, before its impression fades from me.

Cradle to Grave” is the latest creation of the tripart that title themselves Pharmacopoeia. The work enters a modern artistic discourse, that of political commentary on the medical realities of our “modern” lives. This one focuses on the well-being of Brits, in particular…showing in netting some 14, 000 pills: the average consumed by a contemporary British citizen during their lifetime. The meticulous textile, drugs, other medical equipment, photographs of a very personalized treck toward death, and official birth and death certificates, combine in a startling, powerful, moving piece. Thought-provoking and imaginative…
Exactly what art should be.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    January 31, 2007 1:29 am

    heyyyyy it’s amanda again….this seems like a good place to reach you
    anyway i wanted to let you know that 1. that exhibit looks awesome and thank you for sharing it!
    2. i have my own blog now thanks to jim groom for my Sylvia Plath Study so you should check it out:
    i’ll see emerson AND scanlon tomorrow and i’ll say hi for you 🙂
    we alll misss you tons

  2. January 15, 2008 1:22 pm

    I just saw this installation this morning and it was so moving, I got chills just approaching it. I’m probably going to blog about it this evening, but while I was in the hall, in the back of my mind I vaguely remembered you had written something about it. So I thought I’d look thru your archives and see what you had to say.

    I must admit, I’d heard about this installation many times, and didn’t think the idea was that amazing… but seeing it in person was key. You really have to take it in to “get” it.

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