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"Goth Moth: Alex Michon, Cathy Lomax, Claire Pestaille, Emma Talbot, Stella Vine, Mimei Thompson, Nicky Magliulo, Shane Waltener, Tobi Deeson"
2004-11-21 until 2004-12-19
UK United Kingdom
“We live in a Gothic age” Angela Carter once claimed. Gripped by deadly phantoms, real terrors loom in our day-to-day hinterland of horror with its litanies of poisonous gasses and shadowy fe-fi-foe monsters. Back from the dead Gothic, the darkling underside of logic and reason, returns with the flare of gory romanticism. In the mini-minuit fantastique of Goth Moth, Wuthering Heights meshes with murderous Myra’s moors, psychobilly death dolls substitute Shelly’s dead babies, a dark inheritance of historical appropriations replays Goya’s witches and ritual abuse in Liphook recalls suburban horror.
Adolescent fantasy Goth girls are culled from magazines, as psychological terrors stalk the artificial landscape where knitted cobwebs in eerie corners subvert their cosy-craft roots. Iconic dark portraits identify with their subjects troubled souls and diaphanous white dresses float like malevolent changelings.
In the once upon a never-never antechamber of murder, dead babies and treachery, these artists are drawn, like moths to the flame, to the darkly mysterious possibility of things not ending happily ever after.
One fluid gesture
Like stepping back in time
Trapped in amber
And still not satisfied
‘Teenage Angst’ - Placebo