Alice Chandler

24 April - 23 May 2021

Threshold launched on 24 April 2021 with Privet, an exhibition of new work by Alice Chandler that explores connections between plants and textiles, sculpture and language. 

In The Pleasure of the Text, Roland Barthes reminds us of the etymology of the word ‘text’ and its connection to textile and texture, weaving and binding. Inspired by Barthes etymological process in Privet, Chandler investigates the common privet hedge, its myths, histories and aesthetic qualities, to create new sculptural works.

Her ongoing research into this plant has generated a number of sculptural possibilities exploring mazes, mosaics, patchwork, and the glass bottle colours of foliage. Chandler has produced two new outdoor sculptures for Threshold: Variegated, 2021 and Patchwork Maze, 2021, as well as a new edition and publication for Threshold Editions.

Alice Chandler (b. Leeds) is an artist living and working in Leeds. Chandler’s practice is informed by the intersection between art, craft and design. She creates sculptural objects and site-specific, installations that build narrative and interrogate our relationship with the domestic, functional and wearable. Utilising various craft processes, she makes objects that, dependent on display and context, can be at once sculptural, functional, or decorative.

Chandler graduated from Edinburgh College of Art BA Sculpture in 2015, and is currently working towards an MA in Art Gallery and Museum Studies at University of Leeds. Chandler was selected for the Tetley Associate Artist’s Programme 2018/19 and YSI Sculpture Network in 2020. Recent exhibitions include: Sitting Show, East Bristol Contemporary (2019); Encountering Objects, Encountering Place, Assembly House, Leeds (2018); Mantel, Copperfield Gallery, London (2018); Lick and a Promise, The Trophy Room, Royal Standard Liverpool (2017); and General Studies, Outpost, Norwich (2016).

Privet is curated by Julia McKinlay.

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*One part of the exhibition is made of textile and will not be exhibited in heavy rain.

List of Works:

Patchwork Maze
160 x 102 x 60cm
Powder coated steel, cotton

244 x 60.5 x 10cm
Wood, gloss paint, ceramic tiles, grouting, glass bottles

Exhibition Documentation:

Photographs by Jules Lister

Alice Chandler’s research images for Privet:

Images courtesy of Alice Chandler