Dig in the Ribs

Sally Troughton

Preview                 Friday 21 Sept 6-9.30
Exhibition            22 Sept-14 Oct 
Times                     Friday – Sunday 12-6 & by app

Sally Troughton’s solo exhibition for Coleman Project Space is centred around the notion of excavation. For a ‘Dig in the Ribs’ the artist investigates the commonalities between archaeological processes and the generation and treatment of information in the digital age. Troughton is interested in the lineage of particular raw materials–their usage, throughout history, in the development of new technologies and the language we use to describe them. A flint mine becomes research site for a series of works that collectively map the trails of ancient and modern data compressed over time.
 
Over the past few months, Troughton has been working at Grimes Graves, a Neolithic flint mine in Norfolk, which contains over 400 lunar-like pits believed to have been dug around 5,000 years ago. The artist describes the Neolithic period as being of particular influence: “It’s often cited as the beginning of place and the end of nomadism. With the Neolithic age came the beginning of agriculture. Land and soil, earth and body became synonymous.”
 
Troughton’s presentation, minimal by design, often belies the time-intensive nature of her research. The two installations she has created here, in the main gallery and in the shed space, while alluding to the landscape as complex site and art historical trope, appear derived from more ephemeral, possibly ritualistic practices. Troughton explores the representation of time that different means of documenting the site might describe. Through her imagery and actions in the gallery we are delivered between the dense layers of the physical world and digital realm, neither in one place or another.

Sally Troughton lives and works in Norfolk and London, she graduated from Royal College of Art in 2012 and has exhibited in UK and mainland Europe in solo and group shows, her most recent solo exhibition ‘In the Offing”, Pump House Gallery, London, selected group shows include ‘Crab Walk’ The Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland; ‘Curious Artefacts’ Art Wall Athens; Maison de l’Art et de la Communication, 51 Zero, France; Publications and text, Asthenia Group Publication, Athens, Greece; Theoretical Archaeology Group conference, Southampton, uk.

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