Moyra Derby room plan April 2022


Moyra Derby’s room plan April-May 2022

The works installed at Studio 3 Gallery were in progress.

A series of painting based components configure as a room plan, actualising and imagining space for both a painter and a mathematician. Wall and floor based structures, and space responsive wall works have a shared set of measurements, ratios and compositional strategies. Their status as paintings is interchangeable with their potential as tables, shelves, screens and storage, or their readability as a number system or mathematical diagrams.

The component based nature of the work allows it to adapt to the space and also make space, and in its pictorial qualities to be space depictive. Some elements can be moved and repositioned by visitors, sharing compositional discovery and adjustment, and moving the work between process, display and storage.

As a visualisation and a proposition, ‘room plan’ confers with the history of painting and its pictorial and diagrammatic potentials. Picture and diagram both indicate forms of image that are derived from or overlaid onto another, or that prescribe or prompt a set of actions or associations. In this sense ‘room plan’ both pictures and proposes an approach to painting that is provisional and interdependent. The components operate within the idea of an open work, with indecision and incompleteness offered as an expansively generative space for thinking and making.

Virginia Woolf described the need for a room of one’s own, and here that room is understood as a cognitive space as much as a physical space. The fluctuating and episodic experiences of attention are called upon, inviting attentional attachments that are externally reactive and internally reflective. From moments of extreme focus to the pulls of distraction and the scattering of dispersed attention. The components of ‘room plan’ are approached as attentional co-ordinates that anticipate and reciprocate the spatial and imaginative participation of the gallery visitor.

Le Piazze [In]visibili – Invisible Squares- November 2021-March 2022

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The story of twenty-one Italian squares, told in words and photographs by Italian authors.

Olivo Barbieri, Piazza del Popolo, Rome, February 3, 2004

Creator and Curator, Marco Delogu

Studio 3 Gallery, Jarman Building, University of Kent.

Invisible Squares features photographs of twenty Italian piazzas, taken between the end of March and the beginning of May, when Italy, like much of the rest of the world, found itself in the difficult confinement phase. These photographs [along with Barbieri’s above] are accompanied by short original texts by Italian writers connected to those places and piazzas by memories, experiences and literary references.

Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Luigi Di Maio

The “state of exceptionality” that was initiated in the spring of 2020 has resulted in a series of upheavals in practically every aspect of everyday life.
We have suddenly found ourselves shrouded in a sense of expectation and suspension, which has engulfed the very places that we formerly inhabited and filled. Joseph Rykwert states that “Italy is the land of a hundred piazzas”. These piazzas, the symbol of Italy’s widespread beauty, now return to being – perhaps for the first time in our lives – imaginary places “seen” like this only by the great artists and the minds who designed, planned, built and adorned them.

Xenas-Zaftig August 2021

This experimental installation rewrites the mythology of the feminine divine. Words are woven through object, projection and print in order to enact the physical experience of womanhood.

Touching upon sexuality, gender and maternity, Xenas-Zaftig is a bold collection of work that speaks directly to the poets’ experiences whilst confronting the difficult narratives surrounding the feminine body throughout western culture.


Using materials such as crystal, velvet, moss, seaweed and clay, the poet externalises trauma from the body and gives access to the softest recesses of reproductive organs.