'Mouth to Mouth: A Phonetic Attraction'
15 January - 8 February, 2003
For her part in the HARDSELL!! series, Kathleen Peacock presented
'Mouth to Mouth: A Phonetic Attraction', a work based in the media
of text and sound. Christchurch trained and now Nelson based, Peacock
has been developing a practice fascinated with language - the syncopation
of voice and conversation, words either spoken or written.
Peacock's projects are in constant conversation with related works
she has completed before them, new projects responding to and developing
from previous. 'Mouth to Mouth: A Phonetic Attraction' continued
a thread of work exhibited in Nelson's Suter Art Gallery in 2002.
As the Nelson exhibition 'Suspended Sentences' combined five recordings
of women's speech played together to create a kind of musical quintet,
her Physics Room work again pulled apart and mixed together different
elements of language with an interest in both the meanings and
rhythms of words and speech.
Peacock is also interested in our experiences of space and her
work often combines object installation with her recorded soundtracks.
'Mouth to Mouth: A Phonetic Attraction' presented the text and
audio based works through inviting the viewer to approach and investigate
a series of handmade orange containers in the gallery space, which
then reveal/speak the linguistic contents.
Purchase the HARDSELL!! catalogue
Mouth to Mouth: A Phonetic Attraction (detail).
Reviews, Essays & Articles
The Press, 2003 Jan. 22, p. C2
Recent graduates, Robert Hood and Simon Lawrence, exhibition: Through my repeated
attempts, I have developed pneumonia. Kathleen Peacock exhibition: Mouth to
mouth : a phonetic attraction. Last of the Hardsell!! series.
‘A galling recipe for social control.
Art, The Listener, March 1, 2003,
The Package, January, 2003
Andrew Paul Wood
HARDSELL - BECAUSE YOU WANT IT!
KATHLEEN PEACOCK - Artist Q&A
In The Physics Room Annual 2002