Object Relations: A Still Life Exhibition

Object Relations: A Still Life Exhibition

Metalpoint drawings and prints developed from work with the TIHR archive.

“I am going to show you a series of pictures, all of which have people in them. For each picture I want you to imagine what might be going on and to describe this as fully as you can in a brief story.”
From instructions on using the Object Relations test.

Through this exhibition, which took place in the Swiss Church, I bring my ongoing research on the question of art, objects, artefacts, cultural interventions, aesthetic forms in the work of the Tavistock Institute. How they are situated in the continued dialogue, discourse, conversation or working through on how we work and who we are. The exhibition included a selection from the ongoing and developing series of drawings and prints that is my response to a set of Object Relations, projective testing cards that caught my attention a year or two ago when we were first sifting through the archival material.

The title of the exhibition moves from the practice of assembling, arranging objects in different compositions and relations to the psychoanalytical theory of object relations. Object relations projective tests were used by clinicians at the Tavistock Clinic and in the War Officer Selection Board project. Through drawing over the cards, re-drawing and painting I explicitly explore my own relationship with these cards, the objects of still life and projective processes and theory.


Juliet lives and works in South East London. Her studio is at Bainbridge Print Studios.As part of her work as Festival Director and leading the archive project, she has also worked as artist in residence at the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations. Juliet’s cross-disciplinary, role involves working between the visual arts and social science to create spaces for conversations around working with the arts and culture in the context of organisational life. She has developed a number of arts based interventions/installations using film as part of this work. She studied Fine Art at Newcastle University and has exhibited throughout the country in solo, group and themed and discipline based shows.
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