Victoria and Albert Museum

The world’s greatest museum of art and design

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10.00 to 17.45 daily
10.00 to 22.00 Fridays

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In 2009 I made several visits to the closed Spode factory site in Stoke-on-Trent. I collected a number of things from the factory floor, including an abandoned copy of J.G.Ballard's novel The Drowned World. The found book was damp and growing several types of mould so I bought a new copy which I have read and re-read several times over the past year. It describes London as it sinks below...
Before starting the residency I had a clear idea of what I wanted to research in the collection but no fixed vision of how the work I made would look. What has emerged appears as though the landscapes from the museum objects I have been studying were swept under water where they became muddled and settled as sediments. A dredged scene, like fragile crusts formed on things that once were....