A walk round Cheltenham, including a visit to the Wilson Museum and Art Gallery, provoked several little ‘crumbs of curiosity’.
Annabel Duggleby‘s “disruptive artist” installation ‘Where Now?‘ was very thought-provoking. It was really interesting to see her ‘mindmap’ showing how her ideas had started, how they’d led to her huggable sculptures and how this interconnected with themes of sustainability, exploration, forgetting and remembering.
Her inspiration started with the watercolour paintings of Edward Wilson, who grew up in Cheltenham and died on his second expedition to the Antarctic with Captain Scott. You can see how the colours of the painting have been translated to the colours on the inflatable icebergs.
Elsewhere in the Wilson Gallery, I was surprised to come across a sculpture by Auguste Rodin, having enjoyed my visit to the Rodin museum in Paris a few months ago. Writing this blog post, I have learnt that Rodin actually stayed in Cheltenham in 1914 and one of his most famous sculptures, ‘The Kiss‘, was on display in Cheltenham in the 1930s and again in 2014. In Paris, I saw Rodin’s first version of this sculpture as well as one of many bronze casts.
Following these ‘crumbs of curiosity’ has also led me to a bit of research about Kit Williams’ book, Masquerade, which hid clues to the location of a jewelled golden hare, buried in a park in Bedfordshire. And that led me back to ideas about labyrinths, which can hide minotaurs.