Sriwhana Spong, <em>Tasseography of a Rat's Nest (extended)</em> 2018. Exhibiton view: <em>a hook but no fish</em>, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth (12 May–22 July 2018). Courtesy the artist and Michael Lett, Auckland; Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth. Photo: Samuel Hartnett.

Sriwhana Spong, Tasseography of a Rat's Nest (extended) 2018. Exhibiton view: a hook but no fish, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth (12 May–22 July 2018). Courtesy the artist and Michael Lett, Auckland; Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth. Photo: Samuel Hartnett.

Artist Sriwhana Spong in conversation with curator Tendai John Mutambu

10 Jul 2018

In this Ocula article, Sriwhana Spong speaks with the curator of her show at the Govett-Brewster, Tendai John Mutambu, about working across film, painting, performance and sculpture to consider the relationship between the body, language and sound, as inspired by the practices of medieval women mystics.

You can read the full conversation here at ocula.com

Performance of <em>Tasseography of a Rat's Nest (extended)</em>2018. <em>Instrument B (Vivian)</em> 2016. Aluminium bars, wood, Perspex, rubber, felt, brass. 47 x 76 x 26 cm; <em>Instrument C (Claire)</em> 2018. Aluminium bell plate, foliage, rope, wood. 93 x 63.5 x 0.5 cm; <em>Instrument D (Vera)</em> 2018. Aluminium, steel, lacquer, plastic. 59 x 157 x 32 cm. Exhibition view: <em>a hook but no fish</em>, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth (12 May–22 July 2018). Courtesy the artist and Michael Lett, Auckland; Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth. Photo: Samuel Hartnett.

Performance of Tasseography of a Rat's Nest (extended)2018. Instrument B (Vivian) 2016. Aluminium bars, wood, Perspex, rubber, felt, brass. 47 x 76 x 26 cm; Instrument C (Claire) 2018. Aluminium bell plate, foliage, rope, wood. 93 x 63.5 x 0.5 cm; Instrument D (Vera) 2018. Aluminium, steel, lacquer, plastic. 59 x 157 x 32 cm. Exhibition view: a hook but no fish, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth (12 May–22 July 2018). Courtesy the artist and Michael Lett, Auckland; Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth. Photo: Samuel Hartnett.

Sriwhana Spong, a hook but no fish (2017). 16 mm transferred to HD, HD video. 24 min 50 sec. Exhibition view: <em>a hook but no fish</em>, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth (12 May–22 July 2018). Courtesy the artist and Michael Lett, Auckland; Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth. Photo: Samuel Hartnett.

Sriwhana Spong, a hook but no fish (2017). 16 mm transferred to HD, HD video. 24 min 50 sec. Exhibition view: a hook but no fish, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth (12 May–22 July 2018). Courtesy the artist and Michael Lett, Auckland; Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth. Photo: Samuel Hartnett.

Sriwhana Spong, having-seen-snake (2016). 16mm transferred to HD video. 13 min 45 sec. Exhibition view: <em>a hook but no fish</em>, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth (12 May–22 July 2018). Courtesy the artist and Michael Lett, Auckland; Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth. Photo: Samuel Hartnett.

Sriwhana Spong, having-seen-snake (2016). 16mm transferred to HD video. 13 min 45 sec. Exhibition view: a hook but no fish, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth (12 May–22 July 2018). Courtesy the artist and Michael Lett, Auckland; Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth. Photo: Samuel Hartnett.