The inside front of my new book is a duotone of the inside front of the Exbury Egg and the inside back is a duotone of the inside back. They top and tail 184 pages of stories, poems, speculation, art, mythology, science and alchemy illuminating the Eggman’s particular view of the world at a time of environmental, spiritual and economic woe.
The words arching over the sleeping platform in the image below are a quote from Walden (1854) by H D Thoreau:- ‘Shall I not have intelligence with the earth. Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mold myself’
ISBN: 9781916432581 Hard Back, 184 pages, 17 cm x 22 cm
Published by theartistsagency
‘The very idea of living and working afloat in an egg on a tidal estuary, going nowhere and everywhere under the stars set one’s imagination adrift in a whole new way’ Sue Clifford, co-founder Common Ground
You are cordially invited to the launch of Stephen Turner’s new book ‘Everything from the Egg’ at the Royal Society of Sculptors on Wednesday 15th February, 2023, 6-8pm. Tickets are free but booking is essential ateventbrite.
Royal Society of Sculptors Dora House, 108 Old Brompton Road South Kensington London SW7 3RA
Welcome by Caroline Worthington, Director of the Royal Society of Sculptors.
Caroline Collier will be in discussion with Stephen Turner about the creation of the book. Caroline began her career as a writer and curator. She went on to work for a range of cultural organisations, including Arts Council England (Hayward Gallery), Brighton Museums, the De la Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, Arnolfini, Bristol and Tate. She is now an independent coach, consultant and writer.
Stephen Turner’s new book is a fully illustrated meditation on the life and times of his Exbury Egg on its journey around England between 2012 and 2022. Its diary format is a meditation on the interconnection of life in an age of spiritual, cultural and environmental anxiety, drawing on the artists encounters during a year-long residence in the Egg on the Beaulieu River hosted by the Exbury Estate, followed by a tour to Burnley for Super Slow Way, Trinity Buoy Wharf in London, the Grand Union Canal in Milton Keynes, Gunwharf Quays and ASPEX in Portsmouth and then a seafront location next to Hastings Contemporary, with associated exhibitions at each venue. It also embraces the artist’s time on the island of Giudecca creating egg related work for an exhibition at the Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa during the Venice Biennale in 2019 and a final appearance of the Egg on Southmere Lake in Thamesmead, London for Bow Arts.
There are personal insights into the Egg’s inception and production when he collaborated with the architects PAD studio, boatbuilder Paul Baker and EDP Civil Engineering in the original project for an off-grid residency for artists in the New Forest conceived and led by SPUD. The book includes an introduction by Caroline Collier and an afterword by Sue Clifford, ex founder director of the arts and environmental charity Common Ground.
The 184 page case-bound book will be available signed on the night for the discounted pre-publication price of £10.00
The Giudecca Egg was made from waste plastic collected and donated by local people on the Venetian Island of Giudecca and exhibited at Palazzetto Tito, the home of the Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa during La Biennale de Venezia 2019; where it was part of Stephen Turner’s exhibition ‘Natura Prima?’
It was recently recreated as an installation in the Exbury Egg for the Thamesmead Festival 2021 on Saturday 14 August. Hundreds of local people enjoying the sunshine and the joy of being able to attend a live event for the first time in over a year, came to see both this and a corresponding exhibition in the Lakeside Centre by the Eggman Stephen Turner and associate artists Dani Tagen, Bhajan Hunjen, Joseph Griffiths and JD Swann (appearing courtesy of Calum F Kerr).
Bhajan Hunjan’s installation in Stephen Turner’s Exbury Egg at Thamesmead was very beautiful and had great synchronicity with the Egg’s own themes of new life, nurture and renewal as these photos and video show.
Coming Soon FROM WATER is an immersive video installation by artist Dani Tagen that invites the public to contemplate water from inside Stephen Turner’s Exbury Egg as part of his project ‘Natura Prima’ Thamesmead – Venice 2019-21 at Bow Art’s Lakeside Centre, Bazalgette Way, London, SE2 9AN. The opening times will be:-
27th June (Sunday), 3rd July (Saturday), 4th July (Sunday), 11th July (Sunday) from 11am to 4pm, or by appointment firstname.lastname@example.org
Before the egg there is water. We all come from water and the video installation makes a link between Thamesmead, Tello/Girsu (Iraq), Treviso (Italy), and Santos (Brazil) – where Dani Tagen was born. These four places have a very close connection with the artist: they are all places she has lived, they all have an intrinsic connection with water and also represent milestones in her life.
FROM WATER emphasises the connections we, as human beings, have with one another and water.
The video installation, moving images and soundscapes portray water movements, tides and wave ripples from Thamesmead waters. FROM WATER is a place of wonder. Where one goes inside to lose track of time and reconnect with nature.