Unravelling Uppark was the third and final exhibition of the Unravelling the National Trust series, part of the Trust New Art programme, bringing National Trust places to life through contemporary art and craft. Our contribution to this, was the collaboration The House of Eloi.
The House of Eloi placed the literary work of H.G. Wells within a space he knew well (when his mother was the housekeeper at Uppark). As a young boy, Wells immersed himself in the rich contents of the library, which influenced his imagination and desire to become a writer. His science fiction book The Time Machine describes an alternative universe, which moves between the virtual dimension and the earthly world; in The War of the Worlds, the earth is subjected to a near apocalyptic invasion of Martian beings. We used these novels of H.G. Wells to make our own futuristic cityscape in the doll’s house room of Uppark.
The House of Eloi wall-hanging depicts a city destroyed and inhabited by strange and curious creatures — Eloi — from H.G. Wells’ original text. A futuristic, perspex house is erected next to the existing doll’s houses. The creatures are both beautiful and strange; which like H.G. Wells’ vision of the future, questions our perception of the real and the unknown.
Nº 1, 2, 5; Photos — Jim Stephenson
Nº 3, 4; Photos — Alice Kettle