Pascale Steven

No Direction Home

“…the great flood-gates of the wonder-world swung open, and in the wild conceits that swayed me to my purpose, two and two there floated into my inmost soul, endless processions of the whale, and, mid most of them all, one grand hooded phantom, like a snow hill in the air.”
Moby Dick, Herman Melville

This exhibition is the culmination of a two months residency at St Augustine’s Old Schoolhouse, part of Art Arcadia Summer Residency Programme 2018.
In Pascale Steven’s work reference points are various and overlapping. Initially a response to a reading of Moby Dick and some of the symbolism suggested by the text.
It subsequently became a response to place, the architectural space and it’s religious role. Some references within the work are autobiographical, some are purely invented fictions. It became a study in communication in its varying forms, and an examination of what might be meant as soul, this being one of the primary lines of enquiry within religion. It remains at this point a work in progress focused on notions of home, orientation and belonging.

Pascale Steven was born in London and studied fine art at The University of East London. Exhibitions include Tracer at The Project Arts Centre Dublin, Erasure at The Old Museum Belfast and Tomorrow’s Almost Over at Void Derry along with Invisible Portraits, a Derry City of Culture Project at Void.

Year2018LocationSt Augustine's Old Schoolhouse, Derry/Londonderry, UKDescriptionTwo-month artist residencyPartnersSt Augustine'sFundersArts Council of Northern IrelandDerry City & Strabane District Council