Wilding the Edges 25th March and 22nd -24th May 2015
Wilding the Edges was an event organised by Edwina fitzPatrick and Geraint Evans with UAL chairs Lucy Orta and David Toop. Also accompanying the walk were Paul Kingsnorth and Nick Edwards.
On March 25th we set off on an interactive walking tour around Wimbledon followed by a Barcamp. Whilst walking we discussed the landscape of the suburbs - where the urban and the countryside overlap - and the social and political consequences of this changing nexus.
I recorded the journey in notes and photographs.
At the Barcamp we split up into groups to discuss various themes that had come up in each walking group. Following on from this we had a tutorial with Lucy Orta to discuss our first responses to the day. On 22nd-24th May we exhibited this work in Wimbledon College in a Wilding the Edges exhibition.
This was an opportunity to do research in response to a project, listen to feedback, work to a timeline and assist with installation of the exhibition.
Listen to Feedback
Work to Timeline
Kentish Town Health Centre
Organised by Liz Morison, a group of Wimbledon MFA students exhibited in the Free Space Gallery at Kentish Town Health Centre.
I exhibited two works: the first a collaboration with Susan Walker, Bustons, and the second Elapses, four miniature paintings. I worked with Deeya Mirchandani on the accompanying leaflet, on illustrations depicting some of the work. Susan and I researched the Health Centre and the surrounding area as our pieces were site-specific. We all had to work to a deadline so time management was key. Effective communication was also critical for the proposal writing and working with the curator Melissa Hardwick, and the large group of artists. We installed and dismantled our work and produced professional documentation.
Installing and deinstalling
Art Commission for the UCLH Medical School Whittington Campus 1/12 /14
I was asked to produce a series of paintings to go on permanent display in the Whittington Hospital site of UCLH medical school.
I met with some of the staff, consultants and the sub dean to discuss the project and we decided that it would be inspiring for the medical students to be surrounded by Medical Greats from history. I researched images of these figures and painted 25 portraits, many of them relevant to the hospital site including Richard Whittington, whom the hospital was named after. For the corridor I created 9 paintings of viruses through the microscope - pertinent for the students learning there, and for the common room 3 views of London. There was an Art Launch at the Whittington and I was asked to speak about my work.
The skills needed for this commission were time management, working to a deadline and public speaking. Another skill is communication- it was important that the hospital knew what they were going to get, and that the work lived up to their expectations. The commission helped to enable my practice to be sustainable.