Heather Chamberlain

The story behind these artworks is one of chance encounters. It's about the discovery of a hidden name: Iplicjian, the unravelling of its significance through psychoanalysis and the transformation of association with loss into something new. 

 

Within my English upbringing a cloud of secrecy had blocked all knowledge of my Armenian family identity. It was completely unknown to me until at 18, just as I was leaving for the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, my grandfather slipped me the phone number of his sister Araxie who lived there.

 

I found I had an extensive family which had enjoyed considerable prosperity internationally in the cotton trade. There had been branches all over the world until it had all dwindled away in the hands of my grandfather’s generation, leaving many of the dependents penniless. The cotton trade had shifted to India , but I wonder about the impact of the Armenian genocide in 1915 (which remains unrecognised). Strangely in England the family name of Iplicjian was erased and replaced. Only a year after my discovery of these vital bits and pieces my father in turn lost everything and I left Paris.

 

Decades later, following my own financial collapse and near death, I was rescued by another Armenian aunt who miraculously reappeared out of the blue after a 35 year absence. She gave me the chance to escape from this destiny. Her words “ If you have so little time left you had better spend it doing what you want to do!!” started that process.

 

I underwent a long psychoanalysis (Lacanian), the last four years back in Paris. The unconscious effects of this Armenian family history began to make sense.

 

I had produced occasional artworks but, following the analysis and moving to Lewes, I suddenly started using cotton as medium in a completely new way that resulted in something like bas relief, looking lively, tactile and accessible The process was immediately enjoyable and I couldn’t stop compulsively making piece after piece, signing them with the name Iplicjian, still without consciously recognising the significance.

 

A revelation came via a Turkish speaker who happened to see them and I realised that the name had been mistranslated from Armenian to French on the family tree. The correct translation into English of Iplic is “thread” or “cotton”. Once more the unexpected had led to new significance.

Heather Chamberlain will be exhibiting in the Gallery when we can open.

Finding the Thread

 1st June-14th June

Title: Big blue yonder

Medium: Acrylic and cotton on wood

Size: 1220mm x 1000mm & 1220mm x 540mm 

Price: £1200

Title: Hot reds

Medium: Acrylic and cotton on wood

Size: 1740mm x 300mm x 3 

Price: £750

Title: Knotty denim

Medium: Acrylic and cotton on wood

Size: 1800mm x 300mm

Price: £750

Title: Nod to Mondrian

Medium: Acrylic and cotton on wood

Size: 610mm x 610mm x 2 

Price: £950

Title: Summer afternoon

Medium: Acrylic and cotton on wood

Size: 600mm x 600mm x 2

Price: £950

Title: Ancient traces

Medium: Acrylic and cotton on wood

Size: 1830mm x 1220mm

Price: £1750

Title: Cut

Medium: Acrylic and cotton on wood

Size: 1220mm x 800mm

Price: SOLD

Title: Grey vortex

Medium: Acrylic and cotton on wood

Size: 610mm x 300mm x 3

Price: £775

Title: Tumbling

Medium: Acrylic and cotton on wood

Size: 460mm x 460mm x 3

Price: £1200

Title: Undercurrent

Medium: Acrylic and cotton on wood

Size: 460mm x 460mm x 3

Price: £475

Title: Mossy three

Medium: Acrylic and cotton on wood

Size: 1220mm x 400mm & 1220mm x 300mm x 3

Price: £2700

Title: Mantra

Medium: Acrylic and cotton on wood

Size: 460mm x 460mm

Price: £475

Title: Desert jewels 1

Medium: Acrylic and cotton on wood

Size: 500mm x 500mm

Price: £950

Title: Desert jewels 2

Medium: Acrylic and cotton on wood

Size: 500mm x 500mm

SOLD

Title: Woods

Medium: Acrylic and cotton on wood

Size: 460mm x 460mm

Price: £750

Title: Muddy river

Medium: Acrylic and cotton on wood

Size: 1220mm x 460mm

Price: £950

Title: Rolling downs

Medium: Acrylic and cotton on wood

Size: 840mm x 610mm x 2 

Price: £1250

Title: One mound

Medium: Acrylic and cotton on wood

Size: 610mm x 610mm

Price: £750

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