[PART ONE: The Keepers]
Performance: Sat 2 May 2015, 2 – 4pm
If you go down to the Bearpit today… look out for a gathering of watchful sculptures. Created with hand-finished textiles and live participants, The Keepers temporarily occupied the Bearpit and created a gentle disruption in their surroundings. Vickie Fear’s peculiar figures explored the political potential of the Bearpit, appearing in peripheral vision and discovered only by the curious. Onlookers were intrigued, puzzled and confounded by their quiet yet uneasy presence.
[PART TWO: The Keepers Return]
Performance: Sun 1 Nov, 2-4pm
Six months after their first appearance in the Bearpit, The Keepers returned.
Watching and being watched, an eerie group of live sculptures occupied the changing backdrop of Bristol’s iconic sunken roundabout.
Working this time with Bearpit regulars as her performers, Vickie Fear created a peculiar ensemble of lurking costumed creatures. The artwork quietly disrupted the space, baffled passersby and tested the endurance of its performers.
About the artist
Exploring the boundaries between protection and restraint, comfort and discomfort and what is hidden or exposed, Vickie Fear brings dormant object-costumes to life in galleries, festivals and public spaces. Her sculptures appear warm and accommodating but more often than not disguise the aches, pains and itches of their inhabitants.
Vickie is an artist based in Plymouth. Recent commissions and exhibitions include Plymouth University, Motorcade/FlashParade, The Bluecoat and Hazard MMX Manchester.
Image: Vickie Fear, live sculpture, The Keepers. Photo by Roser Diaz
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