I'm very excited to be part of another month-long residency with Synecdoche Art Community, this time at The Vestibules, Bristol this September. It starts on September 4th so come and see what happens.....More details to follow....

(And the poster is an image of part of the work I did at the Bodies residency last September, Don't wash your dirty laundry in public, 2016)

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Synecdoche presents [dis]place at The Vestibules, City Hall, Bristol

dis: prefix - changing a term to the negative 

place: noun - a particular position, point, or area in space; a location

           verb - to put something somewhere

displace: verb - to move or put out of the usual or proper place

A group of artists from Synecdoche, a Bristol-based art community, will explore the ideas that these definitions evoke during their month-long residency at The Vestibules in September 2017. Displaced from their normal routines to make art in a public space, they are aiming to work differently, reacting to this new environment, bringing a range of practices and ideas that will hopefully change and evolve over time. The visitors may influence what happens, through interaction, conversation or by their very presence. There will always be something to see, to inspire and engage. Come with an open mind; every day will be different.

Can the experience of being displaced offer a fresh perspective, unexpected connections and a new understanding?





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Don’t wash your dirty laundry in public is part of the art work I produced at ‘Bodies: a group residency by Synecdoche’ . It’s based around a series of temporary installations of used clothing that I made between 1st and 29th September 2016 in The Unit, an empty shop in a busy shopping area in the centre of Bristol, UK. The space was open to the public for 4 days a week. It took on a life of its own and became part performance, part social engagement but was also participatory, confessional, interactive, and conceptual. The presentation captures just a snapshot of the whole. Since then I have had another busy month, exhibiting at Unravelling and catching up with everything I’ve neglected. Now, finally, I have time to give more thought to what happened at Bodies so that I can see how to develop these ideas further.

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Image: Don't wash your dirty laundry in public, Day 23, September 2016

I have recently been asked to do a presentation about my work and it has set me thinking again about why I use zips in my work and how I ended up sculpting what many people see as giant genitalia! I also realised that, although I have addressed these questions thoroughly over the past couple of years, I haven’t explained myself publicly. So I’ve reworked a piece that I wrote almost exactly a year ago, in response to the reactions of the public to my work at The Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace, London. I clearly felt I needed to explain this aspect of my work at the time as I wrote it for my press pack for the Harrogate show, four weeks later! I have taken the liberty of editing it, of course, as time changes everything.

Image: Other 1, 2015, detail, imitation leather, fake fur, hand knitted felt, zip; stitch

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