On Margate Sands
Susie Hamilton with an essay by Charlotte Mullins
isbn 978 0 9935135 9 6
88pp210 × 160 mm
Full colour on 200gsm silk paper, thread-sewn paperback
First printingEdition of 1,000
Pre-order: published 7 November 2018
On Margate Sands takes its inspiration from At the Violet Hour, a 2018 exhibition at Nayland Rock Hotel, Margate, next to the bus shelter where Eliot wrote part of The Waste Land. For this show painter Susie Hamilton hung over eighty works from floor to ceiling in Room 416: paintings and drawings which respond to the fragmented and diverse nature of the poem and range from depictions of the sordid to the luminous, from the gloom of Hades or The City of London to the light of ‘the hyacinth garden’.
The book also includes examples of earlier work since The Waste Land is a presence in many of her former series: solitary figures in wilderness, figures with shadows, figures on beaches and paintings based on The Tempest.
The book will be launched at an event at Paul Stolper Gallery, Museum Street, London, on 7 November 2018 from 6-8pm. An exhibition of original paintings and drawings from the book will be on display and Susie will be in conversation with writer and critic Charlotte Mullins. The gallery is near Russell Square where Eliot worked at Faber and Faber, and close to Bedford Place and Bury Street where Eliot lived. All are welcome to attend.