Fryn Tennyson Jesse: her and me

Maier, D. ORCID: 0000-0003-1738-2001, 2022. Fryn Tennyson Jesse: her and me. Bummock: Tennyson Research Centre, Lincoln Museum, Lincoln, 07 January-20 February 2022.

Item Type: Exhibition
Creators: Maier, D.
Publisher: Lincoln Museum
Place of Publication: Lincoln
Date: 2022
Abstract: Bummock: Tennyson Research Centre is an artistic research project involving three artistic researchers. A bummock is the largest part of the iceberg underneath the water’s surface; similarly, archives contain more material than is regularly seen or accessed. In Bummock we choose to bypass the catalogue to engage with materials directly, establishing a ‘controlled rummage’ method as an alternative approach to standard archive access practice. The archive is movable, cyclical, and is not a fixed thing - much like when an iceberg turns, the bummock becomes the tip. The recent iteration of the Bummock project explores, examines, and creates new artistic research from four years of working with the Tennyson Research Centre (TRC), Lincoln, UK.

Within the TRC I focused on an individual family member rather than an object. For over four years I was on a journey with Fryn (Wynifried) Tennyson Jesse (1888-1958), the great-niece of Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s: being introduced and getting to know her (or a version of her) through research within the Tennyson Research Centre, her publications, and the bibliography A Portrait of Fryn, by Joanna Colenbrander. I have spent time pondering the imagined and remembered narratives that come through the archived items of her life. There are similarities and cross-overs between Fryn’s life and my own; bringing personal and family histories to mind while exploring and researching her narrative. Working from Fryn’s archival objects alongside her biography the overarching approach was one of playful interweaving and exploration of memory.
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Event Title: Bummock: Tennyson Research Centre
Event Location: Lincoln Museum, Lincoln
Event Dates: 07 January-20 February 2022
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham School of Art & Design
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 27 Apr 2023 08:58
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2023 08:58

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