The Universe of Derek Jarman at the Amanda Wilkinson Gallery
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Tar, driftwood and barbed-wire gathered on the beach, then prayer books, feathers, a crucifix and old photos. The garden around Prospect Cottage in Dungeness, where the artist and political activist Derek Jarman created his paintings between 1989 and 1990, reverberates at the Amanda Wilkinson Gallery, re-evoking a spot in perennial metamorphosis, the backdrop to the artist’s film The Garden. The director who created films in his very own way, the first public personage to speak of AIDS and his own HIV-positive status, fighting for gay rights and pointing out the need to respect the environment, is at the centre of the exhibition Shadow Is the Queen of Colour, which gets its name from a chapter in the book Chroma, written by Jarman himself. The director tells his personal story through art, incorporating memories of his childhood into nature through objects frozen in time, citing Pliny and the primordial love of man for gold.