This evening i have a crit at Two Queens looking at resent and 3 month old video work, the newly developed music box (which will be exhibited at LCB in dec, discuss a 2 year long plan of a walk through music box installation where sounds play in harm
A visual artist whose work investigates the social, political and historical aspects of a place and the impact we have on our environments. Houston uses site and object-specific installations to explore connections between the external atmosphere and the internal sensation within places, providing reflections on the language of architecture and the associations we draw through memory and the senses.
Houston is a multidisciplinary artist, working predominantly with video, sound and structure, much of her artwork cultivates immersive atmospheres for the spectator, often inviting them to take part or contribute to the work.
Using the age old music box, Houston has reappropriated it to explore conflicting emotions of pain and protection, comfort and fear, familiarity and the unknown .
The work is at the end of a 6 month project, kindly supported by Arts Council England. Shown as part of City Festival at Newarke Houses (2018) the work since, has gone on to develop and change. Originally looking at the Jack and box has led her to investigate the history of music boxes and the first influential technologies going back to clocks that chime and our desire to measure time by day and night.
Houston has contrasted recorded sounds with the rhyme ‘Pop Goes the Weasel’, which dates back to the 1700s and originates in cockney rhyming slang (weasel and stoat for ‘coat’) for the poor at the time pawning their coat for money in hard times.
Water is a recurrent theme in her work, perhaps a symbol of creativity and emotion depicting the conflicting feelings of excitement and dread.
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England
For more info see, leilahoustonart.weebly.com
Recent video work
Leila Houston (London, 1977) is a visual artist whose work investigates the social, political and historical aspects of a place.