Statements in Semaphore by Susan Merrick

Statements in Semaphore by Susan Merrick


Susan Merrick’s Statements in Semaphore exhibition will be unveiled today at the Platform 1 Gallery, Wandsworth Common Station.

Susan Merrick has been working in Wandsworth with several Artists and organisations over the last 2  years within her project Statements in Semaphore. The project began life as a filmed performance of literal semaphore signals by the Artist from the roof of the National Archive building in Kew. The project has since developed into a research and practice space for the Artist.  This event is an opportunity for the Artist to share with the local community and wider network what she has been doing and why.

Interested in historical and contemporary issues faced by women, and their lack of ‘voice’ or the ‘hidden’ voices in social debate, Susan wanted to not only use archival and written resources as her research, but she wanted to access contemporary dialogue with women who are often not heard. During 2018 Statements in Semaphore has worked with Deaf Hope – an organisation supporting Deaf women who are survivors of domestic violence, and You Trust Hampshire, an organisation supporting women in local refuges.

Originally from just outside Hull in Yorkshire, Susan Merrick now lives with her family  in Aldershot Hampshire. As a professional Sign Language Interpreter, ideas of power and language remain key in Susan’s practice and her interest in women’s rights, class and feminism fuel her work and it’s direction. Visual language also plays a major role in the Artist’s practice with semaphore signals, sign language and ‘access’ providing the material for many of her works. Susan has an MA (Fine Art) from UCA Farnham, has worked with the National Archives, FiLiA, Floating Island Gallery, Division of Labour Gallery and Angela Alexander Lloyd (with Kunsthal 45), she was a lead Artist for LADA DIY 14 and had her film Yesterday in the NOA 15 Gallery. For both 2017 and 2018 Susan received funding from ACE to run her project.

Collaborating Artists 2018: Ema Mano Epps, Melissa, Mostyn, Barbara Touati-Evans.

Address: Platform 1 Gallery, Wandsworth Common Station, 28 Jaggard Way, Wandsworth, London SW12 8PB

Open: 13/09/18-18/09/18 (Closed Sunday)

10:30am – 7pm

Private View 14/09/18 6pm -9pm

What’s on: Performance, installations, film, chat and cups of tea!

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