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Threads of History - Gabrielle Dempster

1 – 28 Mar


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Threads of History - Gabrielle Dempster


Finding rosalie   corset detail

Gabrielle Rosaline Dempster is a mixed media artist living in Brighton, whose interest encompasses journeys, displacement, memory and notions of ‘what we leave behind.’ Her new body of work using embroidery builds on these themes, referencing archive material to tell the story of her maternal Great Great Grandmother Rosalie and her paternal Grandmother Rose. Gabby says:

“My work 'Finding Rosalie' charts the journeying story of my Great Great Grandmother Rosalie, and 'The Seven Ages of Grandma Rose' reflects the immense social changes in one lifetime that my travelling paternal Grandmother lived through.”

Gabby’s early life was affected by a series of domestic moves that together with her family history, has led to a sense of geographic restlessness, which embeds itself in her work. Revealed in her ancestry both recent and historical, Gabby’s identity is rooted in a much wider geographic diaspora: China, Jamaica, Italy, Germany, Ireland, as well as the north and south of England. Her intricate embroidery on historic and repurposed garments narrates some of these journeys and invites a universal consideration of how interconnected we all are and how we become who we are: directly referencing cross-cultural backgrounds, travelling and discourses on migration and post/colonial histories.

Accessible daily (24 hour window gallery) - until March 28th

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