The Freud Museum

Exhibition Archive

26 August 2010 - 14 November 2010

Kathleen Fox

The Spaces of the Unconscious

This multi-media installation by artist Kathleen Fox is part of the established series of contemporary art exhibitons at the Freud Museum London.

Kathleen Fox situates her practice within the critical context of surrealism, a movement explicitly grounded in creative response to Freud's psychoanalytical discourse.

The exhibition is centred in a collection of mounted boxes that use light, sound and texture to introduce themes of eroticism and death that underpin the realm of the unconscious. The work aims to model and explore Freud's spatial concept of the conscious and unconscious mind - for which he used the metaphor of a house and its component rooms.

Set in a space that was once Freud’s bedroom, the exhibition is divided into two areas. From a lit conscious area housing Freud’s domestic furniture and personal belongings, the viewer passes through a membrane to a darkened area representing the unconscious. Here, through closer inspection via small apertures, the contents of the mounted boxes are revealed. Imaginative spatial dimensions are explored in each scenario where the participant is taken on a journey into a world of the dream or the unconscious.

The installation questions the way in which the thresholds between the conscious and the unconscious are negotiated and how the viewer is impelled into spaces that are simultaneously real and imaginary. It invites re-assessment of how Freud's therory has been utilised and developed within surrealism, something which will be a central theme of the accompanying one day conference, to be held on Saturday 09 October.

The artist has exhibited and published her work internationally, often within the context of surrealist group activities, notably the exhibition 'As far As My Legs Can Carry Me' at the Terezin Memorial Museum in the Czech Republic (2008).

The exhibition has been made possible by the generous support of the Henry Moore Foundation and Norwich University College of the Arts.

For further information please contact info@freud.org.uk or +44 (0)20 7435 2002

Related Resources

Join artist Kathleen Fox on 02 October for an afternnon talk discussing the exhibition. Click here for details.

On 09 October 2010, we will be holding an accompanying conference at the Anna Freud Centre.  Click here for further information.

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