2018 marks 70 years since the death of Alexandrina Peckover, the sale of the contents of the Peckover House and the property coming under the ownership of the National Trust. To mark this occasion, curators at Peckover House and Garden have worked with Cambridge-based artists Sarah Evans and David Kefford, who are known as Aid & Abet, on a a special project that will see the house reinterpreted for this season.
Aid & Abet are making an immersive installation artwork for the Drawing Room at Peckover House; an expanded cabinet of curiosity filled with both collectable curios and ordinary domestic objects that reflects three themes; victorian collecting, modern surrealist art and contemporary visual art. Through collage and photography the objects will be transformed into a series of new artworks that will be layered amongst objects and housed in a bespoke display structure that will weave through the room and allow the work to be viewed from multiple directions.
Transition in Time is supported by Trust New Art, EAAF and the Arts Council.
“The awe-inspiring wonders of Victorian collections of curios made an unforgettable impact” Roland Penrose
Roland Penrose describes in some detail the inspiration he found on visits to Peckover House as a young boy. This project seeks to re-imagine the extensive collection that once filled Peckover House at the turn of the 20th Century, the importance this collection had to the Quaker family, with their interest in enlightenment through a greater understanding of the world, and how the objects and books inspired Roland Penrose’s interest in art and later surrealism.
The sale catalogue from 1948 points towards the many everyday domestic objects and ornaments that used to fill the rooms at Peckover House. With only a handful of these original, authentic objects remaining there is space to construct narratives through the furniture and objects chosen to stage the rooms. As artists, Aid & Abet are fascinated by the associations that can be created through the use of ‘found objects’ in artworks - this artistic interest in the object is a direct legacy from surrealism.