The House of O, 2011 HD video on 1 minute loop
The House of O
Zoe Williams-Brin Frost-Nat Cook
Norwich Castle Museum 14th May, 2011 5-10pm
Glasgow based artist Zoe Williams, is collaborating with artist Brin Frost, Bristol and photographer Nat Cook, London to stage 3 Tableau Vivant/still life compositions around Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery for the Museums at Night event. These compositions represent the launch of the Williams’ fictional fashion label The House of O that will incorporate models wearing specially designed clothing and fabrics by artist Brin Frost, lit and photographed by Natalie Cook.
A short film titled The House of O, reminiscent of a high fashion advertising campaign will play alongside the evening performances, focusing on the accessories worn by the models within the castle. The evening’s events will culminate with a tableau vivant finale performed on the castle green.
Williams project for Museums at Night is a continuation of her work for A Skvader, an exhibition marking the Centenary of the Contemporary Arts Society in association with OUTPOST and Kaavous-Bhoyroo at Norwich Castle. Williams was the first of 3 artists selected from the OUTPOST artist membership to show new work on the specially designed OUTPOST platform in December 2010. A Skvader is still on show in the Timothy Gurney Gallery and currently hosting a new work by Matthew Noel-Tod on the platform.
The Essence of O, Perfume bottle made from blown Glass with african ebony bottle stopper and base, inlaid with mother of pearl, coral, ivory, malachite and abalone shell, 2011.
The Golden O, or Artefact I, 9c t cast gold , originally shown as part of A SKVADER, Norwich Castle 2010.
Detail of Renee wearing couture by Brin Frost and Chanel Orange Fizz nail Lacquer, posing with coral plastic cast mushroom and obsidian scrying mirror, Zoe Williams, 2011.
Close ups on pastel plinth of Renee wearing Chanel Orange Fizz nail Lacquer holding The Golden O or Artefact I, 9c t cast gold originally displayed at the castle as part of A SKVADER, in 2010 also show with a coral fragment and bronze cast mushroom. Zoe Williams, 2011.
The Essence of O, Glass blown bottle made with glass artist Siobhan Healy , African ebony stopper and base, inlaid with mother of pearl, coral, abalone shell and Ivory, Zoe Williams 2011.
Francesco reclining in The Castle Keep, wearing couture by Brin Frost and accessories by Zoe Williams, 2011.
Roswell posing with The Essence Of O, wearing couture by Brin Frost and Accessories by Zoe Williams in The Cotman Gallery, Norwich Castle, 2011.
From Left: Detail of Renne wearing couture by Brin Frost and Artefact III, African Ebony inlaid with reclaimed Ivory and Malachite, Zoe Williams, originally shown as part of A SKVADER at Norwich Castle, 2010.
Smear Stick, unfired porcelain object shown on jade lacquered box, 2011.
From Left: Francesco wearing couture by Brin Frost and African Ebony coral inlaid Tableaux by Zoe Williams, 2011
Detail of Smear Stick, unfired porcelain object sitting on jade lacquered box, 2011