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A childhood drama, played out with constructed figures and some of the 20th century’s major works of art.
Each of Celia Read’s three exhibitions at the London Centre for Psychotherapy have been distinctly different in character, as were the three illustrated talks, and the events she has chaired, but central to all of them is her interest in and love of psychoanalysis, art and creativity.
In her new show ‘What makes art so good to live with’ Read invites us to enquire and wonder about the mystery of the transformative power of creativity and its roots in infancy. Baudelaire said ‘The plaything is the first initiation of a child to art’. This is the home of childhood where the moment is motionless and eternal, a place where you can play with reality, and great works of art are part of everyday life.
“Isn’t all of life to be found there in miniature, and much more vivid in colour, cleaner and shinier than real life”
“Isn’t all of life to be found there in miniature, and much more vivid in colour, cleaner and shinier than real life.” Digital Lambda prints, all 30ins. high (except ‘Falling, Falling, Fallen’ which is 40 ins. high). There are also lightboxes of No.10, 11 & 12 (Duratram – Diasec and lightbox)(1) and (2) Charles Baudelaire, ‘Morale du joujou’, in Baudelaire: Oeuvres Completes, ed. Marcel A. Ruff (Paris, 1968), pp358-60.