Gillian King’s Ghosts Opening @ General Assembly

General Assembly and PDA Projects had an art opening on April 13, 2018.
It was Gillian King‘s exhibition called Ghosts.
Ghosts are traces of the past seen in present forms. They exist between decay and renewal.
Ghosts by Gillian King @ General Assembly
It is a new series of paintings made with extracted pigments from decaying plants and flowers. King continues to work with materials like beeswax and earth sediments and has now incorporated plant pigments that are extracted through steam dyeing methods. ‘Ghosts’ is an invitation to consider the topography of painted surfaces and our relationship to landscapes today.
Ghosts by Gillian King @ General Assembly
These traces of pigmentation are not the only ghosts in Gillian King’s work. The paintings are evidence of her body moving through time. Beginning outdoors, she gathers raw materials; earth sediments, plants, and flowers. In the studio, she uses her hands to work with the materials in order to gain an intimate understanding of them and her function within local ecosystems.
Ghosts by Gillian King @ General Assembly
Sympoiesis, meaning, becoming-with is a central idea in ‘Ghosts’. Donna Haraway elaborates on the concept of sympoiesis in Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene. Sympoiesis challenges the human-centric framing of the Anthropocene; a new destructive environmental period thought to be caused by human impact on the natural environment. Haraway’s alternative interpretation is the Chthulucene. Derived from the Greek word chthon, meaning “earth”, Chthulucene considers all things that dwell in or under the earth. The focus is on how everything is codependent, such as bacteria, plants, flowers, and beeswax. King and her canvases are then connected. Like Haraway, King is interested in deviating from the idea that our relationship to the environment is without hope. Rather, her gestures are traces that consider sympoiesis, or how to make-with nature’s ecosystems.
Ghosts by Gillian King @ General Assembly
The exhibition runs until April 28th, 2018.
Ghosts by Gillian King @ General Assembly
Ghosts by Gillian King @ General Assembly

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