Thursday, 13 August 2015

Norwich Cathedral

View from a choir stall

You've probably never heard of Ana Maria Pacheco,
I certainly hadn't until today when I came across some of her
work being exhibited in Norwich Cathedral.

Spooky or what?

What's more she has another two exhibitions running
concurrently in the City at the moment, at the Castle
and the Catholic Cathedral too.  Originally from Brazil, Ana
studied at the Slade from 1985-1989 and went on to become
Head of Fine Art at the former Norwich Art School, now
the NUA, and she now currently lives and works in Kent.

Quick run for your life.  Does Dr Who know about this lot?

"Shadows of the Wanderer" is installed in the Cathedral's North
Transept and rather disturbing it is too.  The work reflects on
concerns about migration and displaced peoples and believe you me
if ever I come across a displaced one of her figures on a dark
night my sole concern will be to get as far away from it as possible
at the fastest wharp speed my little legs will manage.

It would be even more fun if they filled it with chocolate again.

But all is not doom and gloom in the Cathedral.  They seem to have
acquired a jolly new font fashioned from a redundant copper vat
formerly used in one of Norwich's chocolate factories.  Perhaps it
should be "christened" "Charley" or even "Willy Wonka".
Apologies for my wanton use of puns but I just couldn't resist.

I just couldn't "cope" with it all.

There was also another very fine and hands on exhibition in
the Cathedral today of church embroidery and it's conservation,
more of which later as it deserves a post all to itself.

I think one of those figures has got loose.

But do you want to know why I really love our Cathedral?
Not because it's so alive and unafraid of change (Rochester
please take note); not because of it's wealth of wood carvings
which are simply fabulous; certainly not because of all the
swarms of children busily engaged in noisy holiday projects but

Little Rosie

Meet Rosie.  She's a whippet/collie cross.
I bumped into her in the cloisters where we exchanged
sniffs and licks before going our separate ways.


  1. Carved wood gives me such a feeling wanting to sing out to the heavens

  2. You are right -- those figures are well-done, yet creepy. And the new font is fabulous! I am looking forward to your thoughts on the embroidery exhibit.