Preparation for the work was blogged on Christina’s Facebook page from start to finish over 15 months. Its final vision as an immersive experience included the cell of Ruth Ellis and the executioner’s hanging apparatus.
Christina Reihill’s work addresses deep dilemmas inherent in the human condition and, through poetry, she narrates the journey to know love. Christina achieves this with words and language in various mediums to provide an immediate, immersive experience.
In Glad I Did It, the visitor was invited into the mind of Ruth Ellis, represented by the condemned cell the 29-year-old nightclub hostess occupied in 1955. The furniture and props are true to the facts during her stay in Holloway Prison, based on Ruth Ellis’s words, her letters, court documents, prison reports, and psychiatric evaluations at the time.
Because the artist presents the bold truth of her subjects, she can pose bold questions of who we are, as opposed to who we think we are and what we understand about love and its great misunderstanding in the human condition.
Ultimately, for the artist, a life without hard reflection and personal responsibility is a life hanging from a rope, driven by impulse and unrecognised desire, to which the ground floor of Glad I Did It speaks.
PRESS / MEDIA LINKS :
TIME OUT: Installation of the week November 2018 as seen above in slide show
Londonist: online here 26/11
London X: Listing ran here 7/11
MSN: Feature ran here 30/10
London Calling: Included it in a cultural round-up here 12/11
South London Press: here 23/11
Southwark News: feature here 23/11
The London Magazine: here 23/11
Skint London: here 23/11
The Guardian: here 10/11
Evening Standard: here 30/10
TV / Radio
Sky News: Interviewed Christina live on Friday 30th November 30/11
BBC Radio Ulster: Listen here 27/11
London Live: here 13/11
BBC Radio London: Robert Elms live here from 35:03 23/11
RTE : Interview ran here 17/10
Irish Times: Interview ran in print and online here 12/11
Sunday Independent: News story ran in print, read here11/11
The Journal: Interview ran online here 10/11