About this event:
[15.05.19] Julie Derbyshire presents a new body of photographic work alongside her fabricated objects that inspired it. Informed by personal experience, Possession is the culmination of the artist’s research into the social and legal implications of scamming and its impact on elderly victims.
Drawing on the vanitas tradition to convey the tension between the temptation and emptiness of worldly possessions, Derbyshire employs still lifes as a commentary on modern consumerism. Iterations of wealth, value and exorbitance range from a chandelier made from imitation jewellery to more conceptual objects that make reference to the conflict between the lure of perceived beauty and the effects on those vulnerable to coercion.
A series of paper porcelain envelopes bearing extracts of text commonly used in scamming schemes makes reference to the insidious nature of correspondence that victims of such practices are exposed to. Made from a material historically prized for its combination of strength and fragility, the envelopes allude to the transition from seemingly harmless words to the secrecy and complicity engulfing their recipients.
On 18 May, Derbyshire will be in conversation at One Paved Court with Dr Sally Lee from Bournemouth University who led a recent research project into the impact of scamming on close family members. The exhibition also receives support from Alex Ruck Keene, barrister and leading expert on mental capacity law.
For further information, visit the exhibition page here.