Alchemy is a travelling solo-exhibition of new work by Ann-Marie James. As part of her residency with the Wessex Partner Museums, James was invited to explore the collections of Wiltshire, Salisbury, Poole and Dorset Museums to create series of works in response to the objects she encountered. Alchemy is now open at Salisbury Museum.
Metamorphosis is a central theme in Ann-Marie James's work; in her complex and varied material processes, she abstracts found object sources to produce new hybrids. At the same time, James is interested in an ongoing dialogue with art history, and her work explores her own responses to her source materials and their artists, contexts and histories.
James's Archer series is made in response to the Salisbury Museum's Late Neolithic grave of the Amesbury Archer, who is thought to have been a metalworker of high social standing. James made line drawings of two arrowheads found in the burial, from which she produced rubber stamps in a variety of sizes. James began the series using the stamps with white and gold ink, then worked into the compositions with acrylic and 24-carat gold leaf.
Press release courtesy Karsten Schubert.