Between Folds / Art Catalogue International Exhibition 1862

Material: The Art-Journal Illustrated Catalogue of The International Exhibition 1862 by James S. Virtue, London & New York.
137 x 112 cm
2014

It is hard for us to imagine the scale of craftsmanship in the 1862 International Exhibition. Francisca’s unwrapping of the exhibition’s catalogue gives us some idea, revealing the countless objects pulled through the endless embellishment of Victorian design. Across her pages, lines of candlesticks and chandeliers run through one another, each stretching out of its window with a newly adorned arm. A curl of filigree climbs up round a bedpost and elegantly down the leg of a chair, while a pattern of tiles disappears beneath a silvery tipped fold to emerge as a motif on a cabinet’s grand façade. Each object flourishes through its folds; shimmering and overwhelming, multiplying before us, every detail takes us back in time.