WORK > SHE SHELLS (2017)

She shells

A collaborative project between artist Heather Goodchild and Lisa DiQuinzio for Modern Fuel Gallery.

Mary Anning (1799 - 1847) began hunting for fossils along the Jurassic coast of England as a child. The money she and her brother made selling these fossils to tourists provided needed support for her family. Anning made important discoveries including that of the Plesiosaur, an ancient reptile which was the inspiration for the Loch ness monster. She was both celebrated and ignored by her contemporaries but is perhaps most remembered for the tongue twister “she sells sea shells by the sea shore” that was penned in her remembrance in 1908.

Mary Anning’s story has faded from her rhyme and only through investigation is she unearthed. She shells at Modern Fuel Gallery considers how sifting and unearthing is integral to the creative process and how the objects and spaces that surround us impact our state of being through many emotional and cognitive layers.


Disorder is a condition that precipitates the natural fecundity of the mind. By sorting through this disorder, this exhibition becomes both a manifestation of the creative process and a conscious investigation into the complex and contradictory nature of the creative act.

In employing both painting, textile and sculptural work, and an intuitive process of making, DiQuinzio and Goodchild explore the cultural, psychological and personal implications in the consideration of exterior and interior spaces. An image can not replace intuition but moving freely from abstraction to representation can make space for intuition to be seized. The purpose here is to evoke embodied responses that lead to expanded ideas about the objects and spaces around us; how they affect us in our day-to-day lives, the emotional responses they can elicit and the stories they can absorb and reveal.

Parts and parts and parts
oil, acrylic and pastel on canvas
70'x48'
2017
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oil, acyclic, pastel on canvas
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2017
Not a Total Eclipse
oil and acrylic on cotton
40'x36'
2017
Pumice room pumice
watercolour on board with pumice and steel
12.5'x9.5'
2017
Fantasy Tunnel with Perch
plaster compound, copper and sea shells
2017
Stone Fresh Fruit
oil, acyclic, pastel on canvas
40'x30'
2017