In that terrible trembling a swarm was born
its own rhythm,
from the depths of the earth, to the wilds of the sea
Tromos, Katherine Roberts, 2019
Tremble | Tromos is a collaboration between multidisciplinary artist Katherine Roberts and sound artist Sian Wilson exploring themes of birth and transformation. In response to Roberts’ poem Tromos the artists have created sculptural work, drawing and soundscape.
This body of work developed from research exploring biblical passages referencing spiritual transformation and established scientific knowledge about the creation of life in volcanic regions and in caves. The sculptural forms are reminiscent of corals, bacteria, embryos, eggs and fossils. Made from fabric, woven wire nets, recycled and printed fabrics with some coated in plaster, these forms represent imagined biological creatures. Roberts will also be creating a wall drawing throughout the run of the exhibition that will evolve over the two months, becoming ever more dense and complex as time passes.
Roberts’ collaborator, Sian Wilson, has created a sound work inspired by Tromos. This audio work focuses on the sea, the rhythmic sound of waves, and its inherent calming and meditative aspects.