In this exhibition Ellen will present and explore the multidisciplinary, polymathic, or, to put it in vocal terms, polyphonic (‘many voices’) nature of her practice. Ellen’s work spans the mediums of sound art, field recording, drawing, video, installation, performance and photography. This ‘polyphonic practice’ is influenced by a passion for singing in amateur choirs, together with a fascination for what she terms ‘vocalising site’: explorations of spatial acoustics via live and recorded voices, with a particular interest in heritage sites.
The opening event will feature a live site-specific durational performance for 4 female voices, vocally exploring the acoustic spaces in around the gallery. And, as Ellen regularly sings ‘shapenote’ music with Bristol Sacred Harp (http://www.bristolsacredharp.org), this rhythmic, down-to-earth style of sacred community singing will also ring around the gallery to launch the show.
‘Southern is a genuine polymath…the execution [of her sound-sketches] requiring dedication, planning, and hard work. [They are] all created by the artist using her own voice [with] each piece drawing on her fine art and drawing background”
– Louisa Trimby, Bristol 24/7