5 January 2019 – 28 April 2019
Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft has invited interdisciplinary artist Jane Pitt to create a new temporary window work for the William & Margaret Rowling Gallery to accompany Max Gill: Wonderground Man. Pitt’s work will take over the museum’s Wunderkammer and the 4m high window it faces on its East – West axis, highlighting the dialogue between the inner and outer spaces of the museum and exploring the window as more than just a portal letting light in or out.
Jane Pitt’s practice focuses on sound, multi-sensory perception and place. She makes site-responsive audio, performance, graphic and text works nationally and internationally in public spaces, on land, water and moving vehicles. Her works engender a curiosity in the topography and complexity of a place, resulting in works ranging from sound maps and large scale dialect text works to digital soundtracks and radio transmissions.
Jane spent November 2018 in residence at the museum, engaging visitors and local experts in a process of collaborative research. Her resulting window work Maunder Maps (‘maunder’ is an old Sussex word meaning ‘to wander about thoughtfully’) describe the shifting layers of the museum’s inside-outside space by exploring experiences including listening, drawing, star gazing, bat detecting and drift or ‘dérive’ walks using stimuli such as portable wind vanes, divining rods and topographical Sussex dialect.