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Part of O – onn – gorse, an installation by Leila Galloway, explores connections between the diaphragm and gorse using clay, paper bags, and wild gorse.

Galloway collaborates with artist Mollie Goldstrom on a food event incorporating gorse to reflect on how diaphragms aid breathing alongside sensations of bristling and shuddering. The work is supported by holymolecornwall and involves a talk informed by the relationship between these resonant forms.

gorse (n.) Old English gors “gorse, furze,” from Proto-Germanic *gorst- (source also of Old Saxon, Old High German gersta, Middle Dutch gherste, Dutch gerst, German gerste “barley”), from PIE *ghers- “to bristle” (source also of Latin hordeum “barley;” see horror).

horror (n.) early 14c., “feeling of disgust;” late 14c., “emotion of horror or dread,” also “thing which excites horror,” from Old French horror (12c., Modern French horreur) and directly from Latin horror “dread, veneration, religious awe,” a figurative use, literally “a shaking, trembling (as with cold or fear), shudder, chill,” from horrere “to bristle with fear, shudder,” from PIE root *ghers- “to bristle” (source also of Sanskrit harsate “bristles,”. Also formerly in English “a shivering,” especially as a symptom of disease or in reaction to a sour or bitter taste.

diaphragm (n.) late 14c., diafragma, in anatomy, “muscular membrane which separates the thorax from the abdominal cavity in mammals,” from Late Latin diaphragma, from Greek diaphragma”partition, barrier, muscle which divides the thorax from the abdomen,” from diaphrassein “to barricade,” from dia “across” (see dia-) + phrassein “to fence or hedge in,” which is of uncertain etymology. Beekes suggests it is a substrate word and finds “no convincing correspondence outside Greek.”

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This project is part-funded by FEAST

About the Artist

Leila Galloway describes herself as a maker of things, using installation within the bounds of sculpture. Her practice is concerned with different states of flux – translations of various physical states and the way things appear to flow in an unending series of fleeting moments of suspension. Recent solo exhibitions include; bladderwrack, The Fish Factory, Penryn and group eshibitions; IN-TIME, Wilhelmina Barnes Graham Trust in Edinburgh and THE ONLY THING MORE SLIPPERY THAN THE ELBOW, Auction House in Redruth.

She is an artist based in Penryn, Cornwall, studied sculpture at Manchester Met University; Slade School of Art, and Aesthetics and Art Theory at The Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University. She has taught at various Higher Education institutions in the UK and has exhibited at numerous independent spaces and museums nationally and internationally.

More about Leila

Mollie Goldstrom creates interactive meals using ingredients locally sourced, grown or foraged. With an interest in the interpretive and exploratory possibilities of cookery, they have produced meals for audiences in a range of non-traditional settings, inviting collaboration and generosity through the preparation and sharing of food.

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About the Venue

CMR is an artist-led residency, exhibition and project space for established and emerging artists from within Cornwall as well as nationally and internationally and aims to provide resources and space for experimentation, learning and development through residencies, screenings, workshops, talks, exhibitions and social and skill-sharing events. This aims to offer affordable space to test out ideas, network and collaborate with other artists.


22 October, 2023
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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