Thus Tess Walks On
Exhibited as part of 'Adaptation' at Transition Gallery, London 2016 - Jackie Chettur, Matthew Richardson & Gerbrand Burger
Adapatation explored the indeterminate time and space of literary fiction and how it might be adapted. Jackie Chettur, Matthew Richardson and Gerbrand Burger make use of the gaps that are inherent in how and why a story is read, imagined and made visible. The narratives distilled in this exhibition are re-formed and extended through print, assemblage, animation, drawing and sound. See conversation published in Garageland
Thus Tess Walks On - is an ongoing project which creates a terrain for the protagonist to wander through in Thomas Hardy's nineteenth century novel Tess of the D’Urbervilles. By applying a set of rules across the entire novel, only Tess’s forward movement through the landscape of the novel remains, as other characters join her along the way we can glimpse and guess at the ongoing drama. The scheme is illustrated by a series of extracted texts and photo etchings. I have drawn on my own relationship to place, by re-visiting corresponding sites in England and Wales to find an equivalent to the movement and landscape of the novel. Tess’s journeys, through tracks, crooked lanes, roads, paths, ascents and descents now seem connected as one long and exhausting journey and this seeking out of an imagined but potentially real landscape has taken on a life of it’s own.