Cordula Marks Venters | The Third Kingdom

Saturday 23 January, 2016 - Sunday 7 February, 2016
10:00 am - 6:00 pm


Private view Friday 22 January 2016

This exhibition is a collection of mixed media representations of the characters and landscapes of a parallel world: the mythical Shendag Bertec. The drawings are illustrations and companion pieces to the story of Isa Raichenhall and her journey from a mid-20th century Europe torn apart by war to this strange land of strange people, in search of her missing friend.

The encounters she has – variously friendly, helpful or otherwise – take place in this world between worlds, neither here nor there, but a third destination, kept hidden and within the known. This third realm is reflected further with the preponderance of mushrooms and toadstools in Shendag Bertec: these organisms fit neither into the kingdom of plants nor of animals, but instead into their own, Third Kingdom.
The illustrative style of the art work leads us to read our own stories into the pictures, following Isa’s journey into the unknown; they are part of their own kind of third kingdom, between image and narrative, picture and theme.



Gallery 3
St Margaret's House, 151 London Road