Ross Wakelam – Insatiable Mind review

We asked work experience students to respond to exhibitions at Salisbury Arts Centre as part of their placement with us.

Here is a review of our Insatiable Mind exhibition by Ross of Noadswood School.

An exhibition named ‘INSATIABLE MIND’ lasting from the 24th May to the 13th July is calling Salisbury its home. INSATIABLE MIND is a collaboration between personal interpretation and the modern world, produced by Wiltshire Creative at Salisbury Arts Centre.

Walking through the classic wooden doors of the building doesn’t prepare you for the sensory adventure which is about to be experienced, exhibits including sound and moving image evoke feelings of both unsteadiness yet tell stories of political unrest and unique views regarding diseases which the artists themselves experience.

Against the empty white walls stand mixed medium works such as those of Dr Katayoun Dowlatshahi, which pair up both blueprints of a rocket testing site on the Isle of Wight printed on glass, with real life images from High Down Rocket Test Facility, where testing took place. The photos are complete with graffiti that reads, “WElCOME tO thE UNDERWolD”, contradicting the idea of the insignificance of the building in modern day.

Paintings by the artist Sophie Sample are completely interpretational, out of the five works displayed in the exhibition of hers, only one stands out against the others. The piece titled ‘Salisbury’ features a red painted canvas with a square window showing people wearing forensic suits, assumedly referring to the Novichok incident that affected the city in 2018. This work in particular stands out as her other works are on muted, calm coloured backgrounds. Another of her works titled ‘Palestine / Israel’, shows a window in which an idyllic city can be viewed, yet a sign labelled ‘Exit’ points away from this view.

The converted church venue of this exhibition couldn’t be any less suited for a technologically orientated interpretation such as the one provided by artist Eunmi Mimi Kim, where she finds herself both inside and underneath a glass dome, being on show herself accompanied by the ominous soundtrack she chose to accompany. Another example of the modern interpretation taken by these artists is by Susan Eyre, who has three works on display in this exhibition, centred and suspended is her piece titled ‘Pentacoronae’, which emotes a calm yet distant feeling for the spectator.

The experience felt after visiting this exhibition is difficult to rival and is definitely worth a visit for anyone who appreciates an alternative spin on art, and work down to interpretation, before its closure in mid-July.

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