I have finally finished all the boxes for ‘The Field’ and they are safely installed at the Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities until April 2018. It’s on 11, Mare Street London and is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 12pm – 11pm.
I will be creating a room at the Ice Hotel this year, in Jukkasjarvi Lapland.My suite is called ‘Sleeping Inside a Passionate Thought’ and is basically an ice bed with ice flames coming out of it and up the walls of the room. It’s about climbing inside a thought and finding peace, almost like in the eye of a storm.
I am in a show at the R.W.A from December 10th until March 2017, based on the life and inspiration of Angela Carter. My piece ‘Shipwrecked Bride’ was made after reading her short stories in ‘The Bloody Chamber’ and the piece is decorated with real hair and teeth as well as hundreds of paper roses and jewels.
I sited a postbox on the edge of the Island…when you opened it an Elvis track sung by a local singer called David Staddon played ‘It’s Now or Never’ whilst inside was a scene depicting two pieces of land getting married.
I created a sensor activated small red ghost that illuminated when anybody walked past the tree it was suspended from. It represented a story that I read that every baby on Portland in the 17th/18th Century was christened in the same red ‘whittle’. Following on from this was a ‘Whispering Tree’…another sensor activated piece that whispered diary extracts when you passed it.
It was difficult to determine where the whispering was coming from, and you had to be very still.
This was an illuminated tin box that I placed on the possible burial site of a mass grave of shipwrecked ‘foreigners’.It had inside an illusionary scene of a shipwrecked vessel and it’s mirrored reflections.
This was a shop installation in Fortuneswell that I created for the duration of the festival. It sold all sorts of artefacts and potions based on the history of witchcraft and superstition on Portland throughout the 18th Century.
I sited this piece in St. George’s Church, Portland. It’s based on the fact that everyone on Portland was more commonly known by their ‘nickname’….so I’ve dressed them up as imaginary figures floating out to sea on an old top hat.
It was great to be part of this amazing festival on Portland. I created an Art Trail of six pieces that were dotted across the Island for the duration. They were based on a collection of diaries from the 18th and 19th Centuries. I became interested in a mixture of daily life and the belief systems existing at the time. I called the trail ‘Strangers’
It was great to be at the Museum this Summer….and very pleased that some of my ‘Field’ characters have found a permanent home in the Museum. I will be returning next Christmas with more work for the window and the Museum.