For the past few weeks I've been working on 'Glut', a set of wrapped, woven and sutured forms made from found and recycled materials (fabric, plastic, sponge, twine, sisal, foam, copper wire, linseed oil, wax). It's first public showing will be at an exhibition 'Continuum', part of Fringe Arts Bath, an arts festival coming up soon. The work relates to issues of waste, our relationship with matter, nature and ourselves. Its labour-intensive process and use of recycled materials is an important element in the work. 'Continuum' will showcase artwork by MA students from Bath Spa University. Varied practices including sculpture, painting, installation and performance. The exhibition addresses the issue of change. During the exhibition, I will continue to make elements for the work in situ.
6 New Bond Street Place; 25 May (opening night) - 10 June;11am – 6pm daily.
I have also been making some small, temporary artworks for a curated environmental art project in Bath. ‘ABC Bath’ (Art Breeds Conscience) runs from 11 – 31 May in the Walcot area of Bath; Initiated by MA Curatorial Practice student Beatriz Nogueira, the project aims to bring environmentally friendly art onto the streets and parks of Bath, in the hope that it will encourage its audience to question current issues – waste, factory farming, pollution of our air, land and seas. Instagram – @abcbath; Twitter – @AbcBath; Website – bathabc.wordpress.com
'Glut (ii)' is made from recycled materials. I dyed cotton, silk & linen naturally using avocado pits. Other materials include sponge, twine, copper wire, wax. I am concerned with factory-farming methods and animal welfare. Animals are treated as commodities, over-crammed and over-produced. I have been affected by reading 'Planet of Slums' (Mike Davis), and the film 'Our Daily Bread' (Nikolaus Geyrhalter).