Modern Art Oxford is temporarily closed, but visitors can now tour the galleries and see the current exhibition by New York-based Chilean artist Johanna Unzueta, Tools for Life – online.

The free Virtual Exhibition allows visitors get up close to the art and experience the colours, textures and stories of the show. Online extras include video content, behind-the-scenes moments and curator’s notes, exploring themes of nature, mathematics, ethical fashion, architecture and more.

How it works

After accessing the exhibition at bit.ly/ToolsforLifeVirtual visitors can choose their own path through the galleries. As they navigate each room, they will come across colour-coded tags which pop up to be clicked on for further information. Red tags click through to video and blog content including a mini documentary filmed during the opening of the exhibition, timelapse footage of Unzueta at work in the galleries, and regularly updated blogposts. Orange tags provide excerpts from the exhibition notes; the pink tags have quotations from the artist about her upbringing, art training, process and intent, such as:

“Everything I’m doing now began in my childhood; I have been working with textiles since I was five. I grew up working with my hands.  My mum always said I learned to weave and knit before I learned to read and write. Hands are tools for me and I can’t disconnect that.”

The grey tags provide additional factual information about the works, particularly those that were created on-site for the show such as the large-scale felt chain sculpture Related to Myself and the murals drawn by the artist with oil pastel directly onto the walls.

The blue tags offer a series of fun facts while the dark yellow tags offer snippets of surprising or unusual information such as the use of a particular ancient indigo dye which the artist first started using during a residency in Guatemala. Finally, the green tags reveal details about the materials used in the works, such as the story of the fabric sourced from a Guatemalan factory which recycles denim.

Images: Screen Grab from the Johanna Unzueta Virtual Exhibition at MAO