from Green Hill Arts

HINTERLAND is an extraordinary collection of Ancestral Healing Costumes made by Somerset based textile artist Gladys Paulus. In this intensely personal work Gladys excavates loss; from the work of remembering emerges a profound sense of recovery, transformation and renewal.

Consisting primarily of hand felted wool the costumes incorporate a range of materials, including handmade charcoal, beaten copper and plant dyed fabrics,

Made in response to the death of the artist’s father in 2015 they tell the story of her paternal ancestors. The underlying premise of this body of work is the shamanic belief that in to order to heal oneself, one has to heal one’s ancestors.

Hinterland is the result of a journey with loss, but it is also a gesture of remembrance – a way to honour the artist’s forebears and to heal some deep ancestral trauma.

 

Artist Gladys Paulus says:

Hinterland is an exhibition by Somerset based textile artist Gladys Paulus, inspired by themes of loss, grief and remembrance.

Ancestral Healing Costumes form the basis of Hinterland, through which the artist explores issues of loss, remembrance, identity, belonging, gender, race, and the effects of war and displacement.

Although the costumes incorporate a range of materials, including handmade charcoal, beaten copper and plant dyed fabrics, they consist primarily of hand felted wool.

The costumes were made in response to the death of my father in 2015 and tell the story of her paternal ancestors. The underlying premise of this body of work is the shamanic belief that in to order to heal oneself, one has to heal one’s ancestors.

Hinterland is the result of a journey with loss, but it is also a gesture of remembrance – a way to honour the artist’s forebears and to heal some deep ancestral trauma. She says: “Throughout my life, I have known that certain events in my family’s history were barely spoken of, or were “forbidden” territory altogether, yet these events seemed to hold considerable power”.

The psychological effects of these unspoken events shaped the lives of her father’s forebears in the former Dutch East Indies (the colonial predecessor to present day Indonesia) and have left an indelible mark on subsequent generations.

 

 

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