PillowTalk at Tate Modern

Interview of Moira Jarvis here 


I’m Inside, Ring the Bell!
A collaborative interpretation of Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party, this exhibition focused on the history of women. As one of the 39 artists, Moira was invited to make a place setting for a woman who has “influenced and shaped my creative practice”. In choosing Barbara Hepworth she wanted to explore her relationship with the natural world alongside her personal experience of being a mother. The design of the altar cloth is developed from forms found in Chicago’s work that relate to the womb and perhaps also to the Cornish coastline. The stones for the place setting refer to our past but also point to the future.

Sculptures were made from handmade paper using plant material, foraged from ancient coppiced beech and hazel rows. They were made in response to a fragment of ancient farmland where human intervention dates back to the Bronze Age. The work was part of an exhibition that evoked fragments of different histories.


The Foragers : Honeybees
The initial research with French artist Anne Maurange took the form of a series of small studies, realised on a daily basis over several weeks, gathered and gleaned like a forage. The studies were exhibited inside an environmental centre in Normandy called La Maison du Paysage. Outside, pieces of wood were used to represent the wings of the bees. The marks on this wood were made with fire, either engraved or by using a blowtorch. They suggested the incessant vibration of the worker bees inside the shadowy light of the beehive and the forage and the swarm in the changing atmosphere of the natural world


Dark Fire White Fire
This collaboration with Ilinca Cantacuzino at All Saints Church was part of Dulwich Open House. The installation used charred and living wood and paper structures to play with the constantly changing light in the church and also referenced the church’s own particular history of fire.