Between the Lines
Through her signature hollow drawings, Naseem Darbey creates a revelatory experience of a missing life. Inspired by personal objects, costume, letters, and portraits associated with Mary Louise Roosevelt Burke, 19th century chatelaine of Cliffe Castle in Yorkshire and the American wife of textile magnate Henry Butterfield. Her early death sparked a building passion in her widower that resulted in an extravagant fairy tale castle.
Commissioned by Bradford Museums & Galleries, and supported by Arts Council England and MLA Renaissance Yorkshire, Darbey’s site-specific exhibition at Cliffe Castle Museum is the culmination of her one-year residency.