Alexander Thomson Scholarship 2012
Within Holmwood House, the old parlour is re-imagined through the rearrangement of furnitures, Flaxman’s Odyssey, Owen Jones’ Grammar of Ornament and shadows to create a space to stay, to speak and to be ‘homely’. The proposed installation consists of a set of five ladies’ work tables ranging from 1.2m to 3m high, with chairs and cushions arranged freely around the room. During the day, this arrangement of domestic objects constructs smaller spaces within the room for people to sit, perhaps to knit, to stitch, or to tell stories.At sunset, a large candle is lit within each table. The soft flickering light projects the silhouettes of the two screens onto the incomplete walls of the parlour. The installation recreates the animated and lively atmosphere of the parlour of Holmwood in its heyday. With light and shadow and scenes of adventure in a Grecian landscape we have made a parlour as Thompson intended for the people of today.