Blood on Silk: Turn to, turn away in Modern Art Projects at Morton House Woodford last weekend

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Further information, images of other work in the exhibition, and the excellent catalogue essay, can be found online at

As they say ‘Modern Art Projects (MAP) is a social and cultural engagement program designed to explore the nexus of art and architecture via a broad inter disciplinary field.’



Blood on Silk: Field of Flowers ( Detail)


Blood on Silk: Field of Flowers ( Detail )

Blood on Silk: Field of Flowers  ( Detail )

This is a detail of the work which consists of thirty of these plinths. On each will sit three or more hand sewing baskets re-lined with beaded floral fabrics, embroidered flowers, oya or gold paper flowers over the original red, pink or orange linings of the baskets. This work references cultural material brought to the UK by Sir Aurel Stein and his archaeological expeditions specifically from Dunhuang and Miran in China. Early textiles from 300 to 400 A.D. were loaned to the British Museum, British Library, the India Office and the V and A.
When in London I was able to research some of the textile material removed by Stein and now in the Victoria and Albert Museum collection including silk flowers. It is though that originally they formed canopies or fields of flowers within Buddhist temples along the silk route.