A daily project undertaken throughout 2017 collecting images taken ‘Before Ten’ am each morning.
There is beauty all around us, even in the early hours of the morning. I’m not a morning person. Taking a photo each day before ten am has shifted my focus from the mundane reality of getting up each day to that of beauty, design, colour, composition and sometimes the strange and quirky. A chance to appreciate what is already around me and look again…
An abstract mural inspired by the ephemeral beauty of shadows created by trees on pavements, pathways and roads around Old Trafford. The colours of the mural echoeing the vibrancy, diversity and heritage of both the people and the environment of the local area.
The location for this mural was chosen due to the opportunity to create something of beauty in place of something that has been damaged by graffiti. It is also surrounded by large trees where their shadows will too become part of the painting.
This mural has been organised by local neighbours and funded by a small grant from Trafford Council.
A project encouraging mothers to create their own bunting (on those cute little triangles that blow in the wind and look so pretty and nice) that tells a story of what is really going on; the reality of motherhood with all its noise, pain, joy, busyness, doubt and fear that is only really visible when you look closely.
There is currently an online show of Mother Bunting at US based Journal Mom Egg review .
The Act of turning the images created from #thingstodobirds ( origami birds made from mothers artists ‘to do’ lists placed in domestic settings) into mother bunting is a demonstration in itself of my own motherhood, reflecting the care, nurture, craft , pain, frustration and creativity involved. And also trying to find time to fit it all in! The two projects fit well together both highlighting the reality of motherhood, the need to look closer to see what is actually going on and the ultimate beauty of it all amidst the madness.
This Summer I have once again taken part in THE THINKS annual Photo-a-day Project 100 Days of Summer. This involves responding to a word or sentence given each day, by taking an image. I find this way of working an exciting challenge as I do not go out of my normal routine or everyday experiences to capture a photo that relates, resulting often in quite personal images . It adds another dimension to my everyday documentation, mixing my own view of life with words, phrases and poetry imposed on me by someone else, extending my ‘everyday’ into that of others.
I can look back on the images as a visual diary of my summer.
I’m very pleased to be showing some of my work alongside many other local and very talented artists at SAC32 ‘s summer Exhibition at Stretford Public Hall. It is a beautiful building and offers an amazing space to showcase some brilliant work as well as hosting all sorts of other creative events and activities.
I have enjoyed bringing washing lines and sofas into the exhibition and working with the building and the space to create two installations; #thingstodobirds and ‘Down the side of the sofa‘. Encouraging viewers to not just look at the images as individuals but see it as one larger piece in the context that it was created.
Four paintings on found plywood inserted into empty holes in the alley between Stamford street and Shrewsbury street, Old Trafford.
Everyday I notice empty spaces where something has once been but is now no longer. I have an in build desire to fill these spaces with Art inspired by the surroundings.
Through ‘Alley sign’ I have filled four holes in the wall about the size of a brick, where metal signs detailing house numbers have once been, with drawings and paintings of the alleyways, encouraging passers by to look at their familiar surroundings in a new way.
Art from the everyday, art in the everyday and art for the everyday.
Thrilled to announce that my work was exhibited at Kimberly Clark Gallery as part of ‘100 Years of OUI’ on 29th April 2017.
Kimberly Clark is a dispenser gallery situated in an undisclosed UK public toilet. Distributing high art on low quality paper hand towels to unexpected users, KC attempts to dismantle the institutional framework, forcing art into our everyday lives.
‘100 years of OUI’ invites artists to reflect and create innovative, original pieces that celebrate Marcel Duchamp’s ‘Fountain’ 1917. Situated in a gent’s public toilet, Kimberly Clark provides a platform for dialogical exchanges, aiming to create unique viewer experiences.
The paper towel with my art work printed onto it is left entirely in the hands of the public, the longevity of it cannot be predetermined. It may have been thrown away or disguarded like the Trolleys in my piece or it could have been taken home and preserved, given significance, mimicking the posters I create to highlight the lost, abandoned and forgotten about items in our everyday lives. Only the viewer and receiver of this paper towel knows. I kind of like that….
“There is ART in the everyday, there is ART in my everyday, everyday I choose to create ART, through drawings, photos, documentation and daily self portraits to begin…
I practice the ART of the everyday, the monotony and discipline of doing the same thing daily moves me beyond the mundane and into the sublime, a new creation, a rediscovered beauty, anticipation and excitement!”