We went to Pallant House to see Cathie Pilkington’s latest, and elaborate installation on the first floor of the old house, playing with works from the collection, including works by Edward Burra, Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland, Hans Feibusch and Paula Rego, reinvigorating, and getting visitors to engage with, their imagery .
The first room is devoted to surrealism and is relatively conventional with a case full of miniatures from the 1930s, made for an exhibition ‘Children Throughout the Ages’ held at Chesterfield House in 1934. Her work fits seamlessly with this era:-
It’s a version of a larger work shown in the same room, her diploma work:-
The second room Good-Bed-Bad-Bed gives the title to the exhibition, with a Hepplewhite bed which has been dressed for the occasion:-
The third room, Playing Dead is less dark, responding to Henry Moore’s Suckling Child:-
The fourth room is Still Life:-