Lizzie Cannon: Liminal Matter


30 Aug 2017 to 09 Sep 2017
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A solo exhibition held in association with Greenwich Maritime Centre and Totally Thames

The exhibition explores the notion of ‘Liminal Matter’ in relation to the constantly shifting dynamic of the shore and its material. Working with objects washed up by the River Thames and the North Sea, Cannon creates subtle interventions which tap into their delicate transitory state. Her needle and thread mirrors the rhythmic action of the waves as she mimics the gradual accumulation of rust and organic matter by laboriously stitching together clusters of tiny beads. Alluding to processes of regeneration and acts of preservation, Cannon investigates the shifting territory between artefact and debris, functional and aesthetic, and cultural and biological.

Central to the exhibition is the major sculptural work ‘In Transition’ derived from an object washed up on Dunwich Beach, Suffolk, and identified as probable wreckage from the funnel or ventilator of a ship. The ebb and flow of the tide has begun to erode away at its identity, leaving an abstract structure with an opening longitudinally inviting access inside. Decades under the sea have ‘painted’ the internal surface with a patina of rich colours and textures.

Close scrutiny reveals the artist’s interventions, the crumbling surface subtly mutating into a bejewelled crust as it is quietly colonized by bead embroidery. A residue of rust accumulates around the rim of the object, which is retained in acknowledgement of its continued degradation. Embracing the transitional nature of the work, Cannon continues to respond to its evolution and will be working publicly in the gallery throughout the exhibition. Dialogue with visitors is encouraged as the artist hopes to engage people in her process of research through art-making and ideas around Marine Conservation and Heritage.


Opening Reception: Wed 30th Aug, 6.00-9.00 pm, with artist’s tour at 7.00 pm Please RSVP to

Reading Group: Thurs 31st Aug, 6.30-8.30 pm

River Yarns: A sewing circle and storytelling event: Fri 1st Sept, 6-7.30pm

Engine Chat Chat (Artist’s Crit): Mon 4th Sept, 6.30-8.30pm

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This event is kindly supported by Arts Council England National Lottery funding and is part of Totally Thames 2017 that runs from 1-30 September

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