Sunday, February 25, 2018

Exhibition. In a Country Far. Far Away, Mile End Pavillion, London

I have a piece in the exhibition In a Country Far Far Away, curated by Katja Rosenberg, at the Mile End Pavillion in London.

The exhibition runs form the 1st to the 17th March.
Link to details here.

There is a great programme of activities associated with the exhibition including film, music and drawing.

The theme was to choose and interpret a fairy story or fable from a war torn country. I choose The Calif Stork, a Middle Eastern fairy tale and have made a work in mixed media, using a large paper mache bowl.

The art work, Fragments of Reality is a bowl that has layers of images and painting, using ceramic designs from Persian pottery and other designs where people are turned into birds, such as the willow pattern.

There are painted images of the Calif and his Vizier being turned into storks and a silver moon.

The fragments are a reference to the tragedy of  the breaking of people and culture during war.

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Photographic Response to the Journeys with Wasteland Exhibition at Turner Contemporary.

Turner Contemporary's new exhibition has taken TS Eliot's poem The Wasteland as it's theme.

Eliot stayed in Margate in 1921 convalescing after the first world war and the beach shelter at Nayland Rock is where he worked and wrote some of his poem The Wasteland.

This poem proved to be a pivotal work, moving poetry into a new modernist direction, with the fractured form, reflecting something of the aftermath of the war on body and mind.

It's not one of my favourite poems,  some of the imagery is powerful though and provoking.

I have taken the shelter at Nayland rock as my subject, exploring it in photography and with digital processes. These are the first images.