Letty McHugh: Anchorage
8 October 2022 – 8 January, Gallery 2
With the arrival of autumn, Attenborough Arts Centre is proud to be launching ‘Anchorage’, an exhibition by Letty McHugh comprising of installation, sound and video.
The show seeks to challenge ideas around sculpture, space and our relationship to each other. The centrepiece of the exhibition is a 4.5 x 3 metre textile installation referring to anchorages: spaces created during the medieval period for people who chose to isolate from secular society, which provided opportunity for connection with others with similar values.
Anchorage will sit centrally in the dimmed space, the tent-like structure glowing with a gentle light. Narration and sound from Letty’s recent works ‘Watches for An Ordinary Day’ will leak from the structure like a message in a bottle. Meanwhile, a monitor will showcase the accompanying videos from the series of 6 works, creating a dialogue between the internal and external.
McHugh’s work aims to connect and bring solace to people experiencing isolation and chronic illness. For Letty, the enclosed space created by ‘Anchorage’ becomes symbolic for the isolation she faced when she experienced a Multiple sclerosis relapse in March 2020. During this time, she could not to access appropriate medical support due to the pandemic and was unable to leave her room for long periods of time.
“My work explores the universality of personal experience, which is basically the intellectual way of saying I’m interested in people, their stories and the things that connect us all.”