Susie MacMurray at the National Justice Museum
Artdocs returning to work with the talented artist Suzie Macmurray on her most recent exhibition at the National Justice museum in Nottingham to create a short 'Art Doc' and photographic documentation about her new site-specific sculptural work called, artdocs.org/(nationaljusticemuseum.org.uk/museum/witness-a-unique-event text: ' Witness '.)
Witness is a site-specific installation, opened this summer, which adds thought provoking art to the extraordinary visitor experience at the National Justice Museum.
This visionary work by British artist Susie MacMurray invites you to pause and reflect on the many moving stories of those who passed through the historic museum site, once home to the city’s Shire Hall and County Gaol.
Witness asks you to contemplate the fragility of life and the strength and courage it takes to bear witness in dark and tragic times.
Six rope pillars line up to look upon a rope noose hanging from the gallows at one end of the museum’s Georgian prison exercise yard. The pillars can be seen as extras in the crowd, or relatives of those about to be hung,
Susie MacMurray created the pillars in situ using a large frame and a process which is like the traditional craft of French knitting. Made from tough marine rope, each of the pillars is seven feet tall. They are intended to weather and transform in their act of bearing witness over the years.
Situated in the yard in front of the gallows it was installed and created onsite over an intense week during the summer of 2021, the short ‘art doc’ was filmed during that week and edited ready for the exhibition opening.