Its been a while since i posted on my blog. Life has been very full since June.
Firstly with the great news that my work was selected for the Photographers Gallery annual B.A and M.A graduate selection of Fresh Faced and Wild Eyed.
I entered the series Eva into the competition and it was nominated by judges Karen Newman, Bridget Coaker, Brett Rodgers and Anthony Luvera, alongside 21 other 2011 graduates from an open submission of hundreds.
The prize of the competition was a two week exhibition at The Photographers Gallery in London which was exhibited during September 14th-21st, and with a reported 10’000 visitors in the two week period it was a great opportunity to showcase my work.
The other prize that The Photographers Gallery introduced was a new mentorship scheme that will offer selected finalists professional development and guidance in the twelve months following the exhibition.
Six mentorships were given out and i have just found out that i was nominated and lucky enough to be one of the selected few. This is fantastic news and a great opportunity for me to enter into dialogue, receive feedback from an industry professional and help me further my professional practice.
I’ll post more on the details as and when i find out.
Once upon a time a woman had made the acquaintance of an inflatable paddling pool.
They became companions, kept a house together, lived well and happily with each other. Legend has it that a child was born from this symbiosis of inflatable paddling pool and the woman. When born this mythical entity was envisaged as a superior being.
This being imagines the otherness, speaking to our depths through poise, imagining the impossible and touching on the limits of your imagination.
Work in progress…
Yesterday came with my final day spent with the stunning work of Richard Mosse’s ”Infra” & Simon Norfolk’s moving series “For most of it i have no words” at the Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool. Both bodies of work explore the themes of war and genocide.
What has been interesting whilst working at the gallery over the past 7 months has been the visitors interaction to the new gallery space and their response to the work on display. I’m always keen to know what people think, and as visitors leave the gallery i’ll ask what they thought about the exhibition.
The most recent show has been in terms of context the heaviest for visitors to witness and to comprehend. Simon Norfolk’s work is deeply moving, and poetically beautiful. Simon’s record of catastrophic genocidal events that happened all around the world are a truthful reminder of the chaos that we have created, and that is still present. Its difficult for people to comprehend the brutal dictatorships that people had and still have to live with, and these images from Simon Norfolk and Richard Mosse’s images of the rebel groups in the Congo, are a reminder that they did exist and they do still exist.
One of the biggest comments from visitors was that these images remind us of the precious and gifted lives we live her in the UK. Living in a recession is like a walk in the park, and that we are very lucky to exist in a time and in a country of relative peace and freedom.
I remember one woman leaving the gallery walking out the door said to me ”you could have told me what it was about” as if to say, it was my fault she saw that work and i could have protected her from seeing the images.
Its important for people to see these images, to witness what happened and what is still happening around the world.
This show draws to a close on Sunday, making way for the forth show at the gallery due to commence on June 22nd. Titled “Still outside (or Unexplained)” featuring the work of Nicholas Milhe, Alison Stolwood, Pietro Mattoli & Rebecca Lennon. And to my delight the work of Erwin Wurm and his photographs titled “One Minute Sculptures” in the archive gallery space.
Its early morning the scaffolders have woke me up with the sound of planks of wood booming against each other like thunder, the clang of metal poles meeting up and the general scouse banter. So i have retreated to the mac for consolation in my lack of sleep as i was working late last night and i have come across the delightful Paper Passion.
Paper Passion is the new fragrance by Steidl & Karl Largerfeld and Paper Passion smells of freshly printed books. Yes thats right, freshly printed books. The idea is that the scent should relax you like a good book, and take you to a level of meditation and concentration. ”To wear the smell of a book is something very chic. Books are players in the intellectual world, but also in the world of luxury.” I can hear Karl saying this.
Now i do love the smell of freshly printed books and i’m strangely intrigued by this idea.
Karl Largerfeld lives in an alternative universe to the rest of us, in a world of great creativity which knows no boundaries to the concepts and delights he can think up. He is rumoured to have a personal library of over 300’000 books, an avid collector that probably keeps Steidl in business alone so it seems apt that he would collaborate with them to produce this new fragrance. I love the way Karl has thought “the smell is so chic, lets bottle it.”
But this concept is not a new one apparently several other paper inspired fragrances are already on the market, including Demeter’s Paperback, Zadig & Voltaire’s Tome 1, or Hammam Bouquet by Penhaligons.
Look at the delightful packaging too, who would have thought it, fragrances inspired by the print of a book. Now where can i get a sniff of that?
Just keep taking pictures
I thrive off discovery and experimentation, i love finding new, thought provoking works that i can relate directly to my own practice. It spurs me on, inspires me and books do that, they relay the vision and processes of the artist. When i came across this book Soft Horizons my eyes popped out on stilts and i thought why have i not seen the work of this photographer before. But thats the joy of discovery, bringing to light something new and exciting.
Scarlett Hoof Graaftland is from the Netherlands and i briefly met her in Paris at Offprint, whilst she was publicising this book, i had a good chat with her regarding her use of landscape within her image making. Throughout this book Scarlett visited and shot the Bolivian Altiplano and the salt flats of the Salaar de Uyuni. I visited Bolivia in 2006 and was blown away by what can only be described as surreal landscapes, so i have a personal interest in these landscapes, they’re from another world.
Graaftland works with nature, the landscape, and installs colour into the salt fields, icy lakes and arctic plains. Creating temporary landscape installations using balloons, an igloo made from lemonade and green spray painted dingy’s. Graaftland employs a playful wit into her work and i find this refreshing.
The book is published by Kehrer, a soft back format in quite a large landscape format.
I’ve never worked with polaroid film before and it was great. The anticipation of that brief wait before your images are revealed in print was ace. Tom brought along a selection of Polaroid cameras for us to look at, and Impossible Project tools to utilise whilst shooting Polaroid. He took us out and about at the Pier head and we got some great images with that Polaroid quality.
As you may have gathered i’m a big fan of crafts and all things creative, so when my friend VonnyBee told me about the spoon carving course she’d been on and how she’d had a fantastic three days in the Peak District with internationally respected wood worker Robin Wood i thought i’d book myself on the course, go chill out, detach myself for three days and learn some great new skills.
Located in the heart of the Peak District in the village of Edale with no mobile reception, myself, my husband John and seven bushcraft men, learned to use axes, knives and hook knives to whittle away and create spoons.
The spoons are chopped down from large logs of green wood with the axe, to get the general shape and then finished with the knife. The knife is super sharp (i learn’t my lesson with two butterfly stiches in my finger) and the finish it leaves on the wood is smooth and shiny with no need for sanding.
Heres my collection so far, two spoons and spatula they’re not finished yet as i’m waiting for my hook knife to arrive so i can finish the bowl section, but there is something quite satisfying in making objects and using them in everyday life.