I was very pleased to be invited to take part in And where were you? at Hastings Arts Forum. The show consists of work by thirteen contemporary and installation artists from the south east of
England. Each of these artists
bring a different engagement and interpretation to the reality or concept of
absence. The work is complex, often
ambivalent, personal, visualising difficult, suppressed and unspoken feelings. The aim of the exhibition is to introduce thought provoking
and challenging works alongside real social issues that affect our society.
Knitted Shreds (shredded photographs, staples, wooden knitting needles, 2012), previously exhibited as part of Telling Stories at HMAG and Tension at Kaleidoscope is made up of shredded photographs from my past, which have been stapled & knitted together to form a scarf-like object, thus reforming past memories into something comforting and transformative.
MedsHead (1930s hat-moulding stand, cotton wool, gold & black thread, red fairy lights, an illustration from ‘The Modern Woman’s Medical Guide’ (1950s), perspex box, 2015) depicts my experiences of being on medication for bipolar disorder. It shows the medicinal fog I felt when on strong anti-psychotic medication and the feeling of being distant, dissociated and elsewhere, but knowing that others still perceived my presence.
I was also pleased that aGender Arts & Education, which I founded in 2013, was the featured charity as part of the exhibition, as part of HAF's aim to work alongside other charities or in the community where they can mutually see an advantage and benefit to meet social needs in our community for 2016.