Artist recreates Native American hut on parade ground within yards of Tate Britain

By Culture24 Reporter | 10 September 2013

Installation preview: Grass House, Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground, London, until September 12 2013

A photo of two people inside a large wooden hut
© Necole Schmitz
If claims to ambition are made too liberally, Necole Schmitz’s Wichita-style structure – sprung up with Tate Britain as a neighbour, formed in wheat longstraw, hazel, willow and 140 hand-cast earthenware tiles – might be the real deal.

Made as part of her MA at Chelsea and nodding to Schmitz’s Native American ancestry, the artist says it’s part of her personal mythologies. Her parents were part of the back-to-the-land movement during the 1970s – a time when she was reading about the primitive huts around the remote forests and mountains of northern Idaho.

Daily performances under the tiling use costumes hand-made by Schmitz. “This piece has been all engrossing,” she says.

“I am excited to see it completed with the performance piece inside. I wanted to make and touch every element of it, to make it absolutely personal and honest in the sense of it being a world unto itself.

“I thought by making it all myself this would give it some sort of authenticity and strength.”

  • Daily performances at 5.30pm.

More pictures:

A photo of two people building a circular wooden structure on an urban lawn
© Necole Schmitz
A photo of a woman standing next to a circular wooden hut on a lawn
© Necole Schmitz
A photo of a circular wooden hut outside a large brick building on an urban lawn
© Necole Schmitz
An overhead photo of a circular wooden hut within a square of grass in a city
© Necole Schmitz
A photo of an urban hut looking upwards towards the sky overhead
© Necole Schmitz
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