St Mary in the Marsh, Old Romney
Thurle Wright works with books, maps and words on paper. She has shown work widely both in the UK and internationally, including the Bookarts Triennial in Lithuania, Deptford X, and Brussels Art on Paper. Her work is in various public and private collections including Brisbane State Library. Thurle’s delicate paper reconstructions stem from an interest in the systems and structures of language, the ordering of knowledge, the collecting, storing and accessing of words. Originally from Zimbabwe, Thurle works from her studio in Folkestone’s Creative Quarter.
While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease. Genesis 8:22. Inspired by the tiny scratch dial beside the priest’s door, a series of small paper works lead the viewer in a walk around St Mary’s in the Marsh, echoing an age old ritual. Made of extracts from old hymnals, farming manuals, prayer books, Marsh maps and history books, and sometimes held within the solid structure of old farm implements sourced on the Marsh, these delicate paper shapes spin, twist and spread through the building, tucked into corners, growing up pillars, spilling from window ledges, and balancing within pew boxes. Land, farm, seasons and work are brought inside this medieval church, reminding us of the timeless link between earth, word and spirit.
Found on the Marsh or borrowed from Eli Frith’s collection at St George’s Church, Ivychurch