'The gallery has been transformed into a boudoir of myth and seduction by a lick of egg-shell blue paint and a lot of gold fringing' Zoe Pilger, The Independent, 20.01.12
Launched at Ickworth House in Suffolk in July 2011 (Now that would be) Telling is a collaborative project between the artist Hayley Lock, curator Catherine Hemelryk and writers Jessica Hart, Lucinda Hawksley, Ben Moor, Hallie Rubenhold and Liz Williams.
Lock and the writers have created a series of site-specific works in English stately homes. Part myth and part encrypted biography, these works reveal/conceal parallel histories of the residents of these remarkable homes.
For Transition Gallery Lock is showing a series of works originally made for Caddington Hall, a grand home proudly situated in rural Bedfordshire. These portraits of the real and imagined lovers of the Lady of the House use mirrors and light to form a multiple of 28 and include a new portrait of the Lady herself. Lock meshes a range of sumptuous materials including velvets, brocades gilt and fringing into the portraits referencing the imagined interiors of Caddington Hall the family house. Elsewhere the digitally enhanced landscapes play out their stories of love, romance and deceit in an uncanny space where truth and fiction, history and scandal collide.
Hayley Lock studied at Goldsmith's College, London and lives and works in Suffolk. She works in both two and three dimensions, using drawing, collage, painting, video and sound.
Previous exhibitions include The Count of Monte Cristo, Rogue Studios, Manchester & Asylum, London, 2011; To Taste Molten Diamonds, Backlit Studios, Nottingham, 2010; Wysing Contemporary: Presents, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, 2010; These Living Walls of Jet, Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool, 2008. In 2009 she was a prize winner in the Exeter Contemporary Open.