Frances Willoughby

The Elephant in the Room,

Installation view in the dining room at the Russell-Cotes Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth, UK.

The Elephant in the Room (2016) was part of an exhibition titled SÉANCE : A Family Collection Revisited in collaboration with Russell Cotes Museum in Bournemouth, UK. This installation featured a full size cast of the artist’s body under a tablecloth in the centre of the museum's dining room. There is an element of humour in the work; the haunted house aesthetic of the museum is evident. The body referenced the unpublicised, lesser-known history of the Russel Cotes family which included shady politics, questionable financial dealings and angry mobs burning effigies. It also comments on the instabilities of the Russell-Cotes family and the legacy they left behind.