Interdisciplinary artist and mudlark. Successful Arts Council England funding applicant. Working with museums, organisations and institutions such as: Royal Museums Greenwich, National Maritime Museum, Thames Festival Trust, William Morris Gallery, London's Roman Amphitheatre, St. Paul's Cathedral and more. 

Marie-Louise Plum, b.1981

Interdisciplinary all-rounder: paint, print, collage and multimedia art, both analogue and digital, words, verse, performance and public speaking. I look to history to understand the future.

 

I often incorporate written pieces into my visual art, in the form of free verse poetry, prose and short stories. I am a collector and archivist, and my artworks cross over with both my work as a mudlark and cataloguer of burial grounds

 

My practise takes shape using a three step method of searching (for an idea), finding (often when walking London) and researching (investigating past, present, future related to my idea). Using traditional and contemporary methods, I create provocative works representing the human condition, social history and sense of place, often following themes of love, loss and letting go.

 

I am particularly interested in signs, symbols and subconscious narratives relating to those topics. My works usually incorporate found items, such as objects, digital images and field recordings.

 

Most of my projects run into long term, conceptual bodies of work across various disciplines. I love to work across different mediums, taking an idea from its inception, through different processes, often finding its resolution in an organic way. The work defines itself through its process.

 

Through my works I invite the viewer to engage with a world they might be familiar with, but are yet to explore. 

Most importantly, I am asking you to see, think, and consider.

 

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You may have seen or heard me at: St. Paul's Cathedral, Wellcome Collection, Roman Amphitheatre Guildhall, The National Maritime Museum, BBC Radio 4, Royal College of Art, William Morris Gallery, Edinburgh and Stockholm Fringe Festivals, amongst other places. 

Selected Exhibitions

2022

History in Your Hands (as Old Father Thames)

Curated by the Thames Museum for Totally Thames '22

National Maritime Museum, St. Paul's Cathedral, Watermen's Hall, Roman Amphitheatre.

2021

History in Your Hands (as Old Father Thames)

Curated by the Thames Museum

St. Paul's Cathedral and Cutlers' Hall London, UK

2020

#VirtualVisions / William Blake Festival

www.blakefest.co.uk

2019

Foragers of the Foreshore (as Old Father Thames)

Group exhibition, curated by Florence Evans

OXO Barge House London, UK

 

2018

Moore Plum - Paintings, Music & Things

Stash Gallery London, UK

 

Imitation Solero

Group exhibition, curated by Broken Grey Wires

The Soup Kitchen Manchester, UK

 

2016

Silver Linings

Group exhibition, curated by The Unseen Emporium/Victoria Tischler

The Koppel Project, London, UK

 

One Bare Foot Square

Group exhibition, curated by Uncooked Culture

Van Den Geest Hermitage Museum Amsterdam, The Netherlands

 

What Goes On In the Mind (as Mental Spaghetti)

Mental Spaghetti/AIMS group exhibition

Town Hall Gallery & Museum Oxford, UK

 

The Mind Machine (as Mental Spaghetti)

Group exhibition

Menier Gallery London, UK

2012 - 14

Once Upon Again (as Pack of Wolves Collective)

New Folk Visionaries (as Pack of Wolves Collective)

Group exhibitions

Winns Gallery London Milkwood Gallery Cardiff, UK

 

2011

H A P P Y L A N D

Postcards Festival

Jacksons Lane Theatre, London, UK

 

2010

Space Made Live

Group exhibition curated by Small Media Large for West End Festival

The ArtHouse Glasgow, Glasgow, UK

Selected Performances

2017

Suburban English Magick 

Durational live painting, poetry and audio installation

CCCA, Coventry

 

2015-2016

Roving Diagnostic Unit (as Mental Spaghetti)

Performance tour with Bobby Baker and Daily Life Ltd

Wellcome Collection, Shuffle Festival and William Morris Gallery, London, UK

 

2014

The Lights Are On

Durational live painting, poetry and audio installation

Fox Court, London, UK

 

2014

Running With Wolves (as Pack of Wolves Collective)

Masked performance tour Pack of Wolves

Stockholm Fringe Festival

 

2010

Mask!

Masked performances, site specific installations, UK tour

The Old Police Station, Deptford, London

Forest Fringe, Edinburgh

The Arthouse, Glasgow

Selected Teaching & Public Engagement

2021

Greenwich in 50 Objects

Mudlarking and social history seminar

National Maritime Museum London, UK

 

2020

Freedom to Express

Series of workshops aimed at SEND children

Free Space Project London, UK

 

2018

'Fr-iction'

Guest lecturer, Visual Comms PHD group

Royal College of Art London, UK

 

Guest lecturer, Creative Arts & Mental Health

Queen Mary University London, UK

2016

Diagnostic Portraiture

Drawing workshop for Daily Life Ltd

Vestry House Museum London, UK

 

Mental Fight Club

Panel guest, ReThink Psychiatry

The Dragon Café London, UK

2014

39 Hoe Street

Drawing workshops for

The Big Draw London, UK

 

2013

Mental Health in the Media

Guest Lecturer, Faculty of Media and Communication

Bournemouth University

 

2010

Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival

Illustration workshop

Glasgow, UK

Curation and Production

2017

Scratch The Surface: Dialogue (as Mental Spaghetti)

Arts Festival Curated by Collective//Pod, co-curating/producing London elements of this Coventry-based arts festival.

Herbert Gallery, CCCA, Fargo Village Coventry, UK

Inside Out : Outside In

Exhibition of work from Medium Secure Unit residents

The Dragon Café London, UK

Published Work

The Caterpillar Magazine with John Hegley Issue 7 Winter 2014

Thrill Murray Colouring Book for Belly Kids

Forest Fringe Newspaper for Forest Fringe

Big Team Scribble Colouring Book for The Scribble Project

Press

Painting of the Month | Chris Tosic/ Harry Pye, Le Document

 

Interview with Marie-Louise Plum | Juliana Vannucchi, Obras De Arte

 

'Creating Happy': About Mental Spaghetti | Laura Barton, The Guardian

 

The Mind Machine, exhibition Review | Judith McNicol, Raw Vision

 

The Mind Machine, exhibition Review | Colin Hambrook, DAO

AIMS and Mental Spaghetti | Deborah Caulfield, DAO

 

What Goes On In the Mind, exhibition Preview | Oxford Mail

 

What Goes On In the Mind, exhibition Review | The Oxford Times

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