Stable

Stable

Super 16mm film. Duration 7' 56"
Stables (Warning: historic uneven floor and low light level)

Courtesy the Artist and Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art, London


For one night, during her residency at Gloucester Cathedral, the artist brought horses into the grand building to walk freely and explore the vast space. She was inspired by a historical event from the Commonwealth period when Cromwell was said to have stabled his men's horses in the Cathedral.

The elegant creatures in the film and the sound of their hooves in the cavernous space recall the presence of the Berwicks' numerous horses; at one point totalling up to fifty-six. With their grandeur, size and architectural detail, Attingham's 18th century stables were considered exceptional, even in their day.

Kathleen Herbert

Kathleen Herbert explores the stories inherent in the spaces around us, using video installation to reveal and reconstruct narratives. Herbert researches the political and social histories of places in making her work, and the uncovered information informs the resulting artwork. A reinterpretation of the location can occur during this process, offering an alternative reading of the spatial history of the site.

Kathleen Herbert's exhibitions include Fine Form at Cheltenham Museum & Art Gallery, UK in 2011 and, in 2010, Restless Time, Museum Sheffield, UK, VOLTA, New York, USA (solo presentation), Fantastic, North Dakota Museum of Art, USA and Urban Fragment, Collyer Bristow Gallery, London. In 2009 her works were shown in Sweden, Norway and at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. Kathleen is based in London and has an MA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, London.