Commissioned by Glasgow City Heritage Trust in partnership with the National Trust for Scotland, Florence Dwyer spent time this summer as the artist-in-residence at The National Trust for Scotland’s The Tenement House in Garnethill.
Florence Dwyer’s practice is informed by research into the politics behind the process of building, making and inhabiting. Her work pays particular interest to the design of domestic settings and different models of living and predominantly takes the form of ceramics, textile pieces and furniture. For this exhibition at The Tenement House museum, Florence Dwyer presents I Remain Yours, a new body of work made as a response to being on residency within the historic property earlier this year.
Throughout her residency at The Tenement House, Florence explored ideas surrounding privacy in interior domestic spaces, how the design of the tenement effects this and how privacy can be gained living in a city as a whole. Taking its title from the signing off of letters between Ms Agnes Toward (the unmarried woman who previously occupied the tenement flat) and her grandmother, the exhibition looks at ways we occupy, fill and embellish the spaces we live in today.
In response to the extensive archive of Ms Toward’s belongings, Florence presents a collection of used domestic objects which she collected and accumulated from people she met whilst on residency at the property, for which she’d like to thank Eliz Murphy, Annette Rauf, Jane Sutherland and Margaret Watt. By doing this, Florence wanted to raise two questions; What happens to your belongings when they’re no longer yours to look after? How do you feel when your personal is made public? Alongside these objects, Florence will show a recently hand tufted rug which seeks to map out particular domestic spaces from memory that the artist has affiliation to.
The exhibition was open from Saturday 29th September to Saturday 13th October 2018
The Tenement House
145 Buccleuch Street