Duo’s fragmented memories

One of Vici Blackburn's installations in the Fragmented Memories show at the Sayle Gallery

One of Vici Blackburn's installations in the Fragmented Memories show at the Sayle Gallery

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The Sayle Gallery’s latest exhibition is of work by two of its newest artists - Vici Blackburn and Janet Corran, who in 2010 were the first Isle of Man College students to gain first class honours in the BA (Hons) Fine Art degree offered in conjunction with Liverpool John Moore’s University.

Fragmented Memories invokes scenes, real and imagined, from their lives.

Vici’s thin figures and shadowy images are archived memories, layers of history to be interpreted by their audience, turning personal experiences into collective ones.

Janet’s installation relates to the way costume can play a significant part in our personal modification and can become the insignia’s of a life and she uses an eclectic mix of materials that are influenced by drama and the theatre.

The past both colours and informs Vici and Janet’s work. Narrative – precise or implied – is important to both artists: Vici’s ghost-like structures hold stories within to be interpreted, and Janet questions how the markers in life, may be active in the building and decline of a person’s confidence, notion of self and their perceived worth.

Vici is head of art at QEII High School, Peel and Janet is assistant programme manager for education, health and care at Isle of Man College. The pair have known each other since Park Road School and tread similar paths. They juggle their many roles, but their art practice remains a constant and have both participated in island exhibitions. Although this is Janet’s first exhibition at the Sayle Gallery, Vici took part in the Drawing (2012) and Death & Decay (2013) exhibitions.

The Sayle Gallery is in the Villa Marina Arcade, Douglas.

The exhibition runs until May 19.


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