Meandering Mourning and Collaged Reality (FIONA CURRAN)

Meandering Mourning and Collaged Reality (FIONA CURRAN)

April 23, 2021

Guest artist FIONA CURRAN 


joins me to chat about her work via Esther Kinsky's 2020 novel 'Grove : A Field Guide'. The story is directed by a narrator who takes a trip to a village on the outskirts of Rome which was supposed to be an adventure with her recently deceased partner. 

Fiona and I go on to discuss how the work of her current solo exhibition developed during lockdown and a nasty bout of covid, as well as an earlier, major outdoor installation. We expand on landscape as a character, contemporary poetry, a balance of bleak and beauty, loss of identity through grief, looking for solace in the landscape, loving everything Italian, beyond the optical, seduction of the screen, the colour blue, extreme fatigue, memory flooding into the present, sanitisation of nature, resurfacing, fragmentation, aimlessness, hovering, disorientation and losing a sense of self. 


(This episode is produced by Jillian Knipe with music by Griffin Knipe and image by Joanna Quinn of Beryl Productions)



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'Jump Cut, Still Life' solo exhibition at Broadway Gallery

'Your Sweetest Empire is to Please' outdoor installation at Gibson Estate



Anna Maria Garthwaite

Anni Albers

Florence Peake

Fra Angelico

Gunta Stöltzl

Hannah Luxton

Hélio Oticica

Henri Matisse

Lindsay Seers

Lygia Clark

Lygia Pape

Mary Heilman

Raoul De Keyser

Sonia Delaunay



Anne Truitt 'Daybook : The Journal of an Artist' 1982

Esther Kinsky 'River' 2014

Jeremy Cooper 'Bolt from the Blue' 2021

Joanne Kyger 'The Japan and India Journals 1960-1964' 1981

Linda J Lear 'Rachel Carson : Witness for Nature' 1994

Rachel Carson 'Silent Spring' 1962

Rebecca Solnit 'A Field Guide to Getting Lost' 2005



Bosse & Baum

Broadway Gallery, Letchworth



Gibside Estate

Kew Gardens

Mary Eleanor Bows 1749-1800

Mary Wollstonecroft 1759-1797

Paul Virilio 1932-2018



Michelangelo Antonioni 'Red Desert' 1964 starring Monica Vitti

Pier Paolo Pasolini 'The Hawks and the Sparrows' 1966 'Notes Towards and African Orestes' 1970

Theatrical Forms and Shifting Times (LINDSAY SEERS)

Theatrical Forms and Shifting Times (LINDSAY SEERS)

March 31, 2021

Guest artist LINDSAY SEERS 


joins Elizabeth Fullerton to chat about her work via Russell Hoban's 1980 novel 'Riddley Walker'. A child of sorts in a futurist, post-nuclear explosion setting which harks back to the iron age, far from walking, the narrator Riddley is on the run. His patriarchal heritage has deemed him 'connexion man' and alongside his role of puppeteer, interpreter and propaganda pusher, Riddley begins to uncover the truth of past cleverness which is officially prohibited under religious conjecture. He throws himself to the dogs and together they journey through danger and forbidden knowledge in a story held together by a fragmented new language.


Layering ideas and various time zones, Lindsay Seers and Elizabeth Fullerton explore imposter syndrome, hunger for power, problems with articulation, excess of language, confusion, the puppet who overwhelms the puppetmaster, the search for new forms of artwork, becoming a camera, character instability, non normative brains, compassion, discomfort, connections, coincidences, blips, misunderstandings, signs, traces, unknown causes, unknown effects, mass hallucination, states of becoming, constant evolution, multitude of narratives, grand historical narratives, personal history, quantum theory, quantum biology, metaphysics, unified consciousness, the impossibility of identifying origin, and eye gouging.


(This episode is co-produced by Jillian Knipe and Elizabeth Fullerton with music by Griffin Knipe and image by Joanna Quinn of Beryl Productions)



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'Every Thought There Ever Was'

'Nowhere Less Now' 


The following references are mentioned on Podcast Episode 22 or suggested by guest artist Lindsay Seers : 



Anthony Burgess 'A Clockwork Orange' 1962

Arto Paasilinna

Brian Massumi 'What Animals Teach Us About Politics' 2017

EE Cummings

Frances Yates

Gerard Manley Hopkins

James Joyce

Jim Al-KKhalili & Johnjoe McFadden 'Life on the Edge : The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology' 2014

Jeremy Cooper 'Bolt From the Blue' 2021

Kevin Breathnach 'Tunnel Vision' 2019

Lindsay Seers 'Human Camera' 2007

T S Eliot

Virginia Woolf



Benjamin Libet - Libet's Clock

Carl Jung, psychiatrist

Giles Deuleuze

Henri Bergson

Jacques Lacan, psychoanalyst

John Dee

Maurice Merleau-Ponty

Samuel Barclay Beckett, novelist and playwright




Derek Jarman 'Jubilee' 1978

Ewerk, Berlin

Fabrica Gallery, Brighton UK

Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea UK

Hospitalfield Gallery, Arbroath, Scotland UK

Ikon Gallery, Birmingham UK

John Hansard Gallery, Southampton UK

MONA (Tasmania), Australia

Nine Elms site, Matt's Gallery, London UK

Robin Klassnik, Matt's Gallery, London UK

Sharha Art Foundation, UAE

Sursock Museum, Lebanon

Tate, London UK



Everything by Adam Curtis (English documentary filmaker)

'The Bridge' series 2011

'The Fly' film series

'The Quartermass Experiment' series 1953

'Twin Peaks' series 1990

'Twin Peaks : The Return' series 2020



Earthly Nourishment and Landscape Potential (LIZ ELTON)

Earthly Nourishment and Landscape Potential (LIZ ELTON)

March 10, 2021

Guest artist LIZ ELTON

joins me to chat about her work via Max Porter's 2019 novel 'Lanny'. The story revolves around a young boy named Lanny and his disappearance in the setting of an English village bordered by a forest. Little lad Lanny is as captivating as his author's ability to envelope us deep within the seams of the village's social and ecological networks, where Dead Papa Toothwort oversees all, over all time. 


Bouncing off nature and infinite ephemerality, Liz and I go on to discuss her work selected for the John Moores Painting Prize as well as her upcoming residency with the Mark Rothko Memorial Trust. We talk of the constant state of becoming, nourishment, self care, delicate touch, bruising, translucency, landscape, lightness, mortality, composting, ritual, recycling, equality, silk thread, internal shadows, wastage, potential, breakdown, food labour and that fragile layer of soil on which all life depends connecting with our own skin.


(This episode is co-produced by Jillian Knipe and Elizabeth Fullerton with music by Griffin Knipe and image by Joanna Quinn of Beryl Productions)



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'John Moores Painting Prize' exhibition at Walker Art Gallery

'Flowers of Romance' group exhibition at White Conduit Projects



Alice McCabe

Allyson Keehan, curator

Angela de la Cruz

Dillwyn Smith

Din Q Lê 'The Colony' 2016

Eliza Bennett

Elizabeth Murton

Eric Ravilious

Francisco Goya

Jem Finer 'Longplayer' at Trinity Buoy Wharf,

Johannes Vermeer 'Girl with a Pearl Earring' 1665

Julie F Hill

Katharina Grosse

Mark Rothko

Michael Landy 'Breakdown' 2001

Michelangelo 'Pieta' ('The Pity') 1498-1499

Paul Bramley, curator

Sam Gilliam

Sarah Pager

William Dyce 'Pegwell Bay, Kent - a Recollection of October 5th 1858' 1858

Yves Klein



Anna Souter 'Vegetate Project'

Anna Tsing 'The Mushroom at the end of the World' 2015

Charlotte Higgins on Michael Landy, 'The Guardian' 27 Jan 2021

Clive King 'Stig of the Dump' 1963

Donna Haraway

Frances Hodgson Burnett 'The Secret Garden' 1911

Jane Bennett 'Vibrant Matter : A Political Ecology of Things' 2009

Merlin Sheldrake 'Entangled Life : How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures' 2020 

Norman Bryson 'Looking at the Overlooked' 1990

Robin Wall Kimmerer

Steven Connor 'The Book of Skin' 2004

Sue Stuart-Smith 'The Well Gardened Mind' 2020

T S Eliot 'Burnt Norton' 1935

Thomas Hardy

Thomas Piketty 'Capital in the Twenty-First Century' 2013

Tim Dee 'Landfill' 2018

Timothy Morton 'Being Ecological' 2018

Tracy Chevalier 'Girl with a Pearl Earring' 1999



163 Gallery, London,

South London Gallery

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

White Conduit Projects, London



'Girl with a Pearl Earring' 2003, director Peter Webber

'Princess Mononoke' 2001, director Hayao Miyazaki

'The Archers' 1950-ongoing BBC Radio 4




Chew Valley Lake, Somerset UK

Harris, Outer Hebrides Scotland UK



Maeshowe, Orkney Scotland UK

Pegwell Bay, UK

Ring of Brodgar, Orkney Scotland UK

St Kilda, archipelago off Scotland UK



A P Fitzpatrick Fine Art Materials


Mark Rothko Memorial Fund

Maye E Bruce, inventor of 'Quick Return' compost system 1935

Slade School of Fine Art

Wimbledon School of Art

Makeshift Staging and Might Happens (MILLY PECK)

Makeshift Staging and Might Happens (MILLY PECK)

February 23, 2021

Guest artist MILLY PECK

joins me to chat about her work via Alan Ayckbourn's play 'Taking Steps - A Farce'. Published in 1981 by Haydonning Ltd and first performed at Stephen Joseph Theatre in 1979, the story revolves around a Victorian manor house in faltering disrepair. While the characters upstairs and downstairs their way around three storeys, the play is actually performed on only one floor so that various scenes interact simultaneously. It's then a cacophony of mishaps, misunderstandings and misdirections. Elizabeth wants to leave Roland. Roland wants to buy this tremendous house from Leslie for Elizabeth. Mark wants to marry Kitty. Kitty wants to leave Mark. Tristram, the junior solicitor, is just utterly confused about what's happening and where and by whom, and if all those strange noises are thanks to a resident ghost. 


Milly and I go on to discuss her solo exhibitions, most recently at Vitrine Gallery in Basel, her upcoming residency at British School at Rome and all the work inbetween. Mentions go to foley sound production, the physicality of the stage, playing with dimensions, scale, collage, flattening, inflating, puppeteers, backstage antics, confusing performance with reality, implicating the audience, dark elements shrouded in comedy, hands in gloves, hand in black and hands holding celery. 


(This episode is co-produced by Jillian Knipe and Elizabeth Fullerton with music by Griffin Knipe and image by Joanna Quinn of Beryl Productions)



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'A Matter of Routine' Vitrine Gallery Basel solo exhibition 

'Loud Knock' Matts Gallery solo exhibition

'Pressure Head' Assembly Point solo exhibition

Works mentioned: 'Alight', 'Moquette', 'The Unforgiving Hour', 'Straphangers'



Amelia Barrett (performer at Milly's solo exhibition at Assembly Point)

Andrea Montagne

Art Green

Edward Hopper

Emma Cousin ('Chats in Lockdown' podcast host)

Jordan Baseman (Royal College tutor and Art Fictions Episode 10)

Konrad Klapheck

Nick Mauss

Steve McQueen ('Deadpan' 1997)

William Hogarth ('A Rake's Progress' 1732-1734)



Bong Joon-ho (South Korean director, screenwriter, producer)

Buster Keaton (silent movies)

Charlie Kaufman (American screenwriter, producer, director, novelist)

David Thewlis

Imelda Staunton 

Mark Ruffalo

Robin Herford (British Theatre Director)

Sir Matthew Bourne OBE (choreographer)

Toby Jones 



Assembly Point, London 

Goldsmiths CCA, London ('Solos' 2020, 'How! Chicago Imagists' 2019)

Kunsthalle, Basel Switzerland

Little Angel Theatre, Islington London

Matt's Gallery, London

National Theatre Archives

Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford UK

Sir John Soane's Museum, London

Stephen Joseph Theatre in the Round, Scarborough UK

Vitrine Gallery, London and Basel Switzerland



'A Chorus of Disapproval'

'Fantastic Mr Fox'

'House and Garden' (Alan Ayckbourn dyptich)

'Mr What Not' (Alan Ayckbourn, where the central character does not speak and, otherwise, there is speech and sound)

'Noises Off'

'Relatively Speaking' (Alan Ayckbourn)

'The Red Shoes'



'American Zoo: A Sociological Safari' 2015 David Grazien

'Frieze' magazine (review by Kito Nedo 2 Dec 2020)

'Feel Free' 2018 Zadie Smith



'Anomalisa' 2015

'Berbarian Sound Studio' 2012 (also performed at Donmar Warehouse)

'Birdman: The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance' 2014 

'Dark Waters' 2019

'Snowpiercer' 2013 (based on French graphic novel 'Le Transperceneige' by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette)

'Steamboat Bill Junior' 1928


Welcome to 2021 with a special Guest Host !

Welcome to 2021 with a special Guest Host !

February 15, 2021

Join this year's guest host Elizabeth Fullerton and myself as we map out what's happening with Art Fictions this year, including Culture Exchange, Elizabeth's book on the YBAs, 24 Hour Hitchcock, psychiatric illness, fragmented compositions, personal and environmental narratives, sexuality, gender, race, queer, cis, boobs and cupcakes ! 

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'ArtRage : The Story of the Brit Art Revolution' 2016 hardback with paperback due out Autumn 2021

Christina Quarles

Douglas Gordon

Jane Wilson

Laura Owens

Louise Wilson

Pilar Corrias

'Studio International' magazine

Thames & Hudson

CECILIA CHARLTON (and Italo Calvino)

CECILIA CHARLTON (and Italo Calvino)

December 24, 2020

American artist Cecilia Charlton selects two short stories by Italo Calvino: 'A Sign in Space' and 'The Origin of the Birds'. Both stories focus on the very inception of what comes into being and what we now take for granted - signs/signals/artworks as well as birds/the other/evolutionary rejects. All the while, 'A Sign in Space' draws extraordinary parallels with an art practice. From the anxieties of creating something new to the egotistic punchiness of asserting authenticity, we join Qfwfa who journeys throughout space and time, pontificating on what it is to create and leave a mark in the world of one's existence. Likewise, 'The Origin of the Birds' focuses on the start of beginnings. In this story, Qfwfa narrates his (his?) adventures into the void to discover and embrace the evolutionary rejects as part of his ancestry and presence, particularly their leader Queen Or with whom he is besotted. 

'A Sign in Space' appeared in 'Cosmicomics' in 1965 while 'The Origin of the Birds' was first published in ‘t zero’ 1967. Both stories feature in ‘The Complete Cosmicomics’ comprising 'Cosmicomics' and 't zero' plus other stories published 2009. 



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'A Room of One's Own' 1929, Virginia Woolf

'Against Interpretation' 1966, Susan Sontag

'Agnes Martin' 2015, Tate 

'Brave New World' 1932, Aldous Huxley

Jane Austen

'No One Belongs Here More Than You' 2007 Miranda July 

Gabriel Garcia Marquez 'Eyes of a Blue Dog' 1947, 'One Hundred Years of Solitude' 1967, 'The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World' 1968 co-author Hernan Diaz

'The World of Ornament' 2006, Auguste Racinet and M Dupont-Auberville

The concept of multiple discovery

'The Sixteen Trees of the Somme' 2014 Lars Mytting

Three Fates from Greek mythology

William Beebe, American naturalist, ornithologist, marine biologist, entomologist, explorer, and author

William Weaver, Italo Calvino's translator

'Women's Work: A Personal Reckoning with Labour, Motherhood and Privilege' 2019, Megan K Stack



Alison Jacques Gallery London, 'The Gees Bend Quiltmakers' in partnership with the Souls Grow Deep Foundation, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the contributions of African American artists from the Southern states, 20 Dec 2020 - 6 Feb 2021

Anni Albers

Agnes Martin 'Words' 1961

Dolly Parton

Hannah Brown 'Art Fictions' Episode 17, 9 Dec 2020

Helen Frankenthaler

Hilma Af Klimt

Lee Krasner

London Art Fair, 'Platform' focus on folk art, 20-31 Jan 2021

Nicolaus Schafhausen, 'Der Speigel' 2013, resigned as Director of Kunsthalle Wein 2019

Robert Rauschenberg 'Erased de Kooning Drawing' 1963

Sheila Hicks

Turner Contemporary Margate, 'We Will Walk: Art and Resistance in the American South' curated by Hannah Collins and Paul Goodwin, 7 Feb - 6 Sep 2020 

Willem de Kooning



December 9, 2020

Hannah Brown selects the small but beautiful poem by WH Auden ‘As I Walked Out One Evening'. Written in 1937, it is preoccupied with questions of the eternal, focussing on love versus time. It travels through younger days and the excitement of new loves to a more settled life, when kisses are replaced by health, when the focus of wondering is on how things may have been different and culminates in one’s final moments.


Hannah Brown, confirmed British landscape painter, introduces us to her love of fiction, reading excerpts from her selected poem. In our discussion she relays the importance of fiction, giving up television, sudden changes brought about by lockdown, connections between a time of world wars and the global pandemic, the range of experiences for those of us untouched by illness, missing friends, the blow up of Black Lives Matter and the sense of powerlessness when it comes to the changes needed for the wellbeing of our planet. She describes her art practice, detailing the witnessing of changes in the landscape from the west country to East London, what makes a site compelling for a landscape painter, how the presence of human life is portrayed without figures, the sublime tinged with fear, staying true to one’s own temperament and passion, being genuine and authentic, attempts to domesticate nature and how she cried when Victoria Park was closed to the public.

Together we wonder is love eternal or only time? Is it sudden endings which punctuate time, leading to its reassertion as a pivotal marker in our lives? Can we rely on nature itself to continue or is this also a thing of the past? When we look about, how much do we really see that is present and how much is imposed from our childhood past? Is the end of young love depressing or is it a relief to grow up and worry about a pension? Will worry take over our conscious life as it slips away? Is having less time a better condition for decisiveness? For taking risks in the studio? Is seeing less exhibitions better for looking more thoroughly?  

FEMALE BRITISH WRITERS around the time of THE AUDEN GROUP and The Great War!

Alice Meynell 1847-1922

Cicily Isabel Fairfield 1892-1983

Jessie Pope 1868-1941

Millicent Garrett Fawcett 1847-1929

Margaret Sackville 1881-1963

Margaret Postaget Cole 1893-1980

May Wedderburn Cannan 1893-1973

Rose MaCaulay 1881-1958

Vera Brittain 1893-1970



‘A God in Ruins’ 2015 by Kate Atkinson

‘After the End’ 2019 by Clare MacIntosh

‘Girl, Woman, Other’ 2019 by Bernardine Evaristo

‘My Dark Vanessa’ by Kate Elizabeth Russell 2020

‘Nobody Told Me: poetry and Parenthood’ 2016 by Hollie McNish

 ‘Patrick Melrose’ 2016 by Edward St Aubyn

‘Take Nothing with You’ 2018 and ‘Notes From an Exhibition’ 2007 by Patrick Gale

‘Queenie’ 2019 by Candice Carty-Williams

Robert Goddard



‘Ambit’ magazine

Ansel Adams

Ellen Altfest

‘Forest, Rocks, Torrents: Norwegian and Swiss Landscapes from the Lunde Collection’, 2011, The National Gallery

George Shaw

Graeme Sutherland

Guy Oliver

Jerwood FVU Awards

John Constable

John Everett Millais, Ophelia’ 1852

John William Waterhouse, ‘The Lady of Shalott’ 1888


Paul Nash

Reman Sadani, ‘Walkout 1’ 2020

Samuel Palmer

The John Moores Painting Prize, Walker Art Gallery Liverpool, 12 Feb – 27 June 2021

Union Gallery

White Cube, ‘In the Studio’

William Morris

DANIEL STURGIS (and Nicholson Baker)

DANIEL STURGIS (and Nicholson Baker)

November 26, 2020

Daniel Sturgis selects two books by American author Nicholson Baker - his first novel 'The Mezzanine' published in 1988 and 'Room Temperature' in 1990. Both portray the mindful meanderings of the protagonist, from tender moments to an astonishing level of detail, often with a good dollop of amusement. In 'The Mezzanine', we spend a lunch hour with Howie as he fixates on the micro-details of staplers, Scotch tape, escalators and an assortment of other office paraphernalia, as well as his family, returning continually to his astonishment that both his shoelaces have broken within days of one another. 'Room Temperature' takes place across a mere 20 minutes as Howie recalls a series of domestic specifics, largely around his wife Patty, as he nurses their baby Bug.





'A Mark on the Wall' 1917 Virginia Woolf

'Fly' 2010 Season 3, Episode 10 from 'Breaking Bad'

'City Poet: The Life and Times of Frank O'Hara' 1993 by Brad Gooch

'The Diary of a Nobody' 1892 George and Weedon Grossmith 

'Great Expectations' 1860 by Charles Dickens

John Updike

'Mr Bean' series 1990 starring Rowan Atkinson

'No Lab: A Novel' 2019 by Richard Roth 

'The Journal of a Disappointed Man' 1919 by W. N. P. Barbellion

Paul Auster



Barney Bubbles

Benjamin Buchloh

Dan Walsh

Emma Hart

Francesco Borromini

Gerhard Richter

Ian Hamilton Finlay

Frances Richardson

Jeremy Moon

Le Corbusier

Leonardo da Vinci

Michael Bracewell

Patrick Caulfield

Peter Kinley


Prunella Clough

Shila Khatami

Sonia Delaunay



Chelsea Space, London

Luca Tommasi, Milan

Martina Geccelli

PS Project Space, Amsterdam

Raumx, London

Rocket Gallery, London

FRANCES RICHARDSON (and Virginia Woolf)

FRANCES RICHARDSON (and Virginia Woolf)

November 12, 2020

Frances Richardson selects two short texts by Virginia Woolf - 'The Mark on the Wall' published in 1917 and 'Solid Objects' in 1918. Both begin with a black dot which becomes a jumping off point for musing about the structures and systems which govern our livelihoods. The first text has the narrator enjoying their own wondering about the identity of the mark on the wall, pulling away from the dreariness of logical thinking, championing instead, the inventiveness and possibilities in imaginative thinking. While the second text revolves around two politicians, one of whom finds a piece of smoothed glass at the seaside. He becomes obsessed with observation and collecting, giving up his political aspirations for a more materially intimate life - what an excellent idea for many of that lot ! 





Alicja Kwade

Alison Wilding


Charlotte Posenenski

Jane Hayes Greenwood

Peter Dreher

Robert Morris



'Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead' 2009 and 'Flights' 2007 by Olga Tokarczuk




JANE HAYES GREENWOOD (and Maggie Nelson)

JANE HAYES GREENWOOD (and Maggie Nelson)

October 30, 2020

Jane Hayes Greenwood selects 'The Argonauts' by Maggie Nelson. Published in 2015, it is a whirlwind fusion of contemporary queer theory, autobiography, philosophy, art, motherhood and, perhaps best of all, a beautiful love story.





Ambit Magazine

Dana Schutz

D W Winnicott

Edward Burra

Emma Cousin

Esther Leslie

Harry Dodge

Jane Gallop

Kristian Day

Lindsey Mendick

Ludwig Wittgenstein

Melanie Jackson

Olivia Bax

Roland Barthes 'A Lovers Discourse' 1977

Rosalind Krauss

Stanley Spence



Block 336

City and Guilds of London Art School

Goldsmiths CCA

Grand Union

Peter von Kant Gallery

Saatchi Gallery

Tate Modern

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