As part of Hay Studio’s season SITUATION, Emma Hambly’s Private View on Friday 2 December brought more than 30 visitors to see ‘liminal’, her exhibition about 'loss, memory and recollection, about products of endeavour, about control and chaos’ in Emma’s own words.
A personal collection of photographs, embroidery, drawings, prints and paintings traced the last 12 months and the artists' physical and mental upheaval, and now, hope for the future.
Visitors also were treated to an exceptional performance by artists Karen Christopher and Sophie Grodin of Haranczak/Navarre Performance Projects, who brought their touring show miles & miles to Hay Studio. It was a privilege to witness the talent and creativity of international artists who had conceived a performance to explore how we feel at the edge of a landscape; how do we prepare for the uncertainty still to come?
Reflections on the evening from Hay Studio regular, Liz Barclay:
'I saw how we need each other as human beings and how we always want to find the point of no return in our lives in order to learn to survive, because that is what we ultimately want.'
'I found Emma's exhibition impressive in the way she bared her soul for all to see. So very brave and I admire her for that. Then the performance. It was the most unusual theatre I've ever seen.
First thought in the first 15 minutes: the beautiful chemistry between the two performers which made the extreme choreography possible, but puzzled and frustrated. I gradually started to get a feel for some sort of message, but never was able to relax my brain, which was working overtime.
So, on the way back in the car I still felt unsatisfied for not really understanding what I had seen. This process went on all night. Every time I woke up I went back to some of their movements and the two voices so perfectly together. This morning I got it. The way it worked for me - and it will be different for every single person there, because of the abstract personality of the performance - was that I saw how we need each other as human beings and how we always want to find the point of no return in our lives in order to learn to survive, because that is what we ultimately want. So now I am happy to have seen it and not angry anymore that I had to work so hard in my spare time and an evening out and I think Haranczak/Navarre achieved what they set out to do'.