The Woman who slept with Bones, a collaborative project by local artist Alison Wills and poet Hazel Hammond, opens in the Light Studio, Arnolfini on Tuesday 25th September. The exhibition is on until Sunday 30th September as part of The Bristol Poetry Festival.
This exhibition is a collaborative conversation about the nature of the night, pairing photographs and poems. Alison and Hazel use personal memories and experiences in their work. Both are members of Studio Upstairs.
Pete Hunter of poetry can says “Hazel Hammond’s honest poetry and Alison Wills’ intriguing photographs examine external and internal night landscapes where memory, reflection and disconnection co-exist in a surreal cycle of time and timelessness.The invisible forces that shape our perceptions of wakefulness are explored with a subtle lyrical humour that sometimes startles and sometimes soothes.
Elegant and fascinating, this collection of poems and photographs offers an insight into the artistic hinterlands of insomnia.”
Hazel says of her desire to collaborate with Alison “I wanted to work with Alison because her photographs are intriguing. In this collection they refer to the darkness within as well as without. They are at the same time real, hyper real and surreal and I am interested in these themes too.”
Alison was similarly inspired by Hazel’s work “Originally I was interested in Hazel’s words adding another dimension to the photographs. As the collaboration has progressed it has definitely become a two way process where I photograph to the words as well.”
In addition to the exhibition Hazel and Alison will be doing a poetry reading in the Light Studio at Arnolfini on Thursday 27th September at 6.30pm, as well as an artists’ talk in the studio on Saturday 29that 11am. In this they will talk both about work from the exhibition as well as other work that is not being exhibited.