Exhibition provides Platform for success

Published: 28 August 2014 at 14:47

Flashback film is displayed as part of Anglia Ruskin end-of-course Masters show

A special exhibition showcasing the best work from Anglia Ruskin University’s Masters art and design students will go on display next month.

The end-of-course exhibition, entitled Platform, brings together artists and designers graduating from the MA Fine Art, MA Printmaking, MA Illustration & Book Arts, and MA Graphic Design & Typography programmes.

Running from 4-11 September at the Ruskin Gallery in Cambridge, Platform marks an important stage of the students’ personal and professional development, and includes a diverse range of final projects.

One example of the work on display is Flashback by Dr Lorna Collins.  Lorna, an MA Fine Art student, suffered a serious brain injury in a horse riding accident 14 years ago but has since gained a PhD in French Philosophy from Jesus College, Cambridge, and has recently returned to the saddle.  With two new horses, Lorna hopes to begin eventing again in the near future.

Flashback features film clips of Lorna riding in her youth, which she had forgotten due to the amnesia she suffered in the accident.  Lorna said:

“The film shows different fragments of an arrested memory, as flashes of time jump out, dissolve and disintegrate.
“Flashback is an impossible attempt to grasp hold of sudden, involuntary, slippery recollections, in order to secure and place the history and meaning of my life.
“The resulting experience sparked by this installation combines elements of a life that has been so abruptly destroyed, and beautifully restored, by my relationship with horses.”

In addition to her studies at Anglia Ruskin, Cambridge-based Lorna is an arts critic and arts educator, and is the author of Making Sense: Art Practice and Transformative Therapeutics, and co-editor of Deleuze and the Schizoanalysis of Visual Art, both published by Bloomsbury.

To view Flashback, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJAgNXj3v_Q

The exhibition is free and runs from 4-11 September, with a private view on Thursday, 4 September (5pm-8pm).  The Ruskin Gallery, on Anglia Ruskin’s East Road campus in Cambridge, is open from 10am-4.30pm, Monday to Saturday.