Sriwhana Spong <em>a hook but no fish</em> 2017, film still. Courtesy of the artist and Michael Lett

Sriwhana Spong a hook but no fish 2017, film still. Courtesy of the artist and Michael Lett

Exhibition

12 May — 22 Jul 2018

Sriwhana Spong: a hook but no fish

This exhibition follows the artist’s research into the Lingua Ignota, a language invented by 12th-century mystic Hildegard von Bingen during her 39 years at Disibodenberg monastery, Germany. Supposedly received by Hildegard through divine inspiration, the Lingua Ignota is thought to have been a secret language used to increase solidarity amongst Hildegard’s fellow sisters.

 

Sriwhana Spong, who is based in London, is the 2018 Govett-Brewster Art Gallery Aotearoa New Zealand Artist in Residence.

Curated by Tendai John Mutambu

The residency is supported by Creative New Zealand Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa

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Sriwhana Spong: a hook but no fish
Audio Radio NZ - Standing Room Only - Sriwhana Spong

New Zealand/Balinese artist Sriwhana Spong's new exhibition in New Plymouth explores a unique language used by a medieval female German mystic and abbess, Hildegard von Bingen. She's added some new elements to the show a hook but no fish, during her time as the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery's 2018 artist in residence since it was first shown in London earlier this year.

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Central to the exhibition is a new film partially shot at the site of the monastery where an 8-year-old Hildegard was interned with two other women. Spong also presents a musical bell plate influenced by Balinese Gamelan tradition, highlighting how sound can often be a unique indicator of place, history and custom. Elsewhere, a series of ‘sigils’ – painted symbols considered to have magical powers – spell out the name of a critically endangered bird endemic to the island of Bali.

a hook but no fish includes works shown in Spong’s exhibition at London’s Pump House Gallery (10 Jan – 1 Apr) along with several new pieces, which the artist will create while on a two-month residency at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth.