Deerhart is the latest stage in the collaboration between artist Diana Zwibach and poet Yvonne Reddick. Combining drawing, painting and text, the exhibition is a voyage of discovery into wild nature and our own animal nature. Zwibach's sweeping charcoal drawings convey her artistic dialogue with Reddick's poetry. Poems on vinyl, read on the walls of the gallery, echo the exhibition's themes of the fossil record, cave paintings, and the traces that will survive our civilisation in future years. Zwibach’s earthy, expressive human figures and her signature animal motifs – the leaping fish and the swooping bird – are the perfect complement to Reddick’s intense poems of meeting creatures and people in wild landscapes. Both artists also explore the themes of migration, journeying, and those who have gone before us.
Deerhart is an exciting journey into wild nature and into our own animal nature. The poems and artworks go backwards and forwards in time, exploring encounters with the past and with different creatures. Viewers meet a dinosaur called Eva, enter a suburban house full of cave paintings, see Roman soldiers appear in a Yorkshire pub and watch a grandmother take wing as a pink-footed goose. In this new exhibition, the song of a blackbird becomes poetry and the work of well-known writers is transformed into new poetry and vibrant charcoal drawings. Deerhart takes us on a voyage of discovery.
This exhibition is the latest stage in the collaboration between artist Diana Zwibach and poet Yvonne Reddick. In September 2015, audiences had a preview of what the two artists had been creating at the New Hall Art Collection, Cambridge. Some of the artwork from Deerhart toured as part of the collaborative women’s art exhibition In the Open, curated by artist Judith Tucker and poet Harriet Tarlo. The exhibition then toured to Preston’s PR1 Gallery. There, poems on vinyl took up residence on the gallery’s pillars, and Zwibach’s bold nudes based on the poem ‘Chillán Fruit Basket for Pablo’ greeted visitors as they entered the exhibition.
Zwibach and Reddick have been working together for over two years now, and they hope to find other ways to collaborate in the future. Zwibach’s haunting painting Hunting the Bride has provided the cover artwork for Deerhart, Yvonne’s poetry pamphlet that accompanies the exhibition. The pamphlet is published by Knives, Forks and Spoons Press.