Fools Gold

Kathryn Ashill
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OPENING: 10/03/22, 6-9pm,
OPEN: 11/03/-17/04/22 by appointment only (bookings via info@artlacuna.org)

We are delighted to announce a new solo show Fools Gold by Kathryn Ashill in collaboration with Glynn Vivian opening 10th March 6-9pm. ‘Fools gold’ was initially shown at the Glynn Vivian in 2021 when Kathryn Ashill was awarded the Sir Leslie Joseph Young Artist Award in 2019.

Fools Gold is a video installation, which explores the artist’s paternal history. Ashill’s father would collect her Iron Pyrites (fools gold) from a surface mine near their home deep in the Tawe Valleys, South Wales. The work moves between this autobiographical narrative and the history of the Louis XIV, nicknamed the Sun King after he danced for courtiers and forced them to worship him, whilst he was dressed head to toe in gold.

Amateur dramatics, the Drag King scene and autobiography are recurring themes in Ashill’s work, which she uses to explore and navigate gender identity.

Funny and playful, Ashill uses the do-it-yourself aesthetics of amateur dramatics to create costumes and ‘sets’ in which she performs as both her father and also as the Sun King. In the exhibition, we enter into a homemade cave created from painted theatre flats drawing us into the central film installation.