Drawing on Normanby Hall’s Regency objects, furniture and interior, the exhibition That’s Not My Name brings together a selection of films, large scale collages and AR experiences, in which maids intermingle with high-status objects and elaborate patterns, reflecting on their role, status, and identity. The body of work explores the contrast between beauty and splendour and the female domestic servant, bringing them into the forefront and communicate their visibility and significance.
In the film Nancy, the maid discovers a new world where everyone can be transformed, become something and someone else. In Idleness is a Great Source of Evil, the domestic servant explores her sense of self, discovering a resistance against the established world and a shift in power.
The main triptych collage Little Women depicts the beauty and splendour enjoyed by the mistress, unaware of the rage and frustration of the maids busily working in the background. In the large scale collage No One in Particular and floor artwork, young women are revealed behind the decorative designs with the use of an AR app.
The work was created during a six-month artist residency at Normanby Hall and generously supported by North Lincolnshire Council and Arts Council England through the Humber Museums Partnership.
The exhibition runs from 4 March 2022 to 4 January 2023 at Normanby Hall, North Lincolnshire.
'It has been an incredible experience to work with Tracy during her artist residency at Normanby Hall. She has put heart and soul into the research, understanding, interpretation and display of her final work, which is bold and beautiful. Visitors are enjoying a different interpretation of the story of female servants, and immersing themselves in a thought-provoking and challenging exhibition, which opens up the possibilities for deeper conversation.'
Madeleine Gray, Curator, Normanby Hall