The Kitchen
Gondal 2010 detail

Last week, l had the pleasure to visit Su Blackwell’s exhibition ‘Remnants’ at the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth, Yorkshire. l was truly overwhelmed by Su’s work. l felt it evoked the spiritual essence of the Brontë sisters and their writing! As children, they would gather round the kitchen fire listening to dark tales of the Yorkshire moors. Wuthering Heights written by Emily Brontë is one of my favourite novels – A tale of love and revenge set against the dramatic backdrop of the Yorkshire moors. Su Blackwell’s piece certainly reflects the haunting atmosphere of this story.

The other piece that l found most enchanting, is ‘Gondal’. This installation was inspired by the Brontës children’s diaries. l find the intricate detail and drama of the piece most compelling as it brings to life the imaginary world of the toy soliders and castles that the Brontë family would escape to throughout their childhood.

Remnants – simply a mesmerising exhibition that l feel requires our attention – become entranced!

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