UNSETTLER - Kate Marshall's 2009 Solo Show
PAINTINGS INSPIRED BY 'THE DROWNING ROOM'
A NOVEL BY MICHAEL PYE
Featuring new music by Ben Hudson.
Project originally conceived by Gareth Ballyn
Synopsis: In the mid 17th century, when the Dutch first established a settlement on the island of Manhattan, Gretje Reyniers was the town whore. She also lent money and dealt in pelts. She is listed in the court records; whom she slandered and sued; who sued and slandered her back; debts welshed on; debts demanded; minor assaults; charges on lewdness. Michael Pye discovered Gretje Reyniers while researching the early history of New York. Nothing was known about her until she arrived in America, so he has conjured a life for her: a childhood in Amsterdam in the 1620s, where she grew up working with the fishwives, as a maid to a whore; where she has a child, married, was widowed until her emigration to the colonies. This book is part history, part love story, part memoir, and above all, an account of one woman's life.
Thu, 15/10/2009 - 12:00 - Sun, 01/11/2009 - 18:00
The DegreeArt.com Gallery, 12a Vyner Street, London, E2 9DG