Having passed away in 2014, two of her close friends, artists Peter Liversidge and Simon Moretti, have created new works especially for this exhibition which charts her forty year career. A retrospective of thirty works, the exhibit focuses on empowerment, personal voice, faith and spirituality. Entitled Power for the People, it comes from one of Finn-Kelcey’s most notable public interventions, a word-based flag work sited at Battersea Power Station in 1972: “rich in nuance and ambiguity, the text puns on a popular protest slogan of the time, and what the building generated”.
The show features two of Finn-Kelcey’s performance-based films, her ‘wind dependent objects’ exploring the intangible natural force, and a multitude of other nuanced pieces. In response to her famous and undiscovered work on display, her friends have created pieces: Liversidge’s giant ‘HELLO’ flag ushers visitors in, whilst Moretti creates a neon lightning strike taken from an eighteenth century Indian painting, “an image often used as a symbol of divine intervention”. A celebration of Rose Finn-Kelcey’s artistic and personal life, the exhibition shows how ever-relevant and ever-original both her and her art remains.
Opening 2nd December 2017 at Firstsite, Colchester, the exhibition will run until 4th March 2018. Click here for more information and check out the gallery below to see a sneak peek.