This is a wonderful project I’ve been working on with elysium gallery since 2019. Over three hundred participants connected to twenty two groups around the world have contributed to this 1SSUE inspired project. It has aimed to bring creative people together, to collaborate in an international touring exhibition of works on paper – a collection of artists pages.
The pages will be bound together to make a unique artists book, forwarded to each exhibition venue to be dismantled, displayed, and then reassembled before moving again to the next location. The exhibition will travel to Japan, Norway, USA, Venice, Canada, and back to Wales. At the end of the tour, the book will be housed in a special collections library.
Around the House is crammed into a space 3.6 x 2 metres. It is a response to, and record of the space around my house; between home and the rest of the world during Covid–19 Lockdown. Thanks to photographer Dewi Tannatt Lloyd for rising to the challenge of recording the piece.
Finally, in May it was time to get into Gallery 3 at elysium to complete the work. After much procrastination and some tests with the help of a staple gun and my mate Nigel, we began to fill the tiny space.
More arranging of these latex skins for the Elysium show coming up at the end of May. Taking things a step further, I’ve begun building up and out, over chairs, boxes, plant pots. These things are immediately to hand but in the circumstances, burying or drowning objects in a pool of my outdoor floor casts seems entirely apposite.
I’ve been working with elysium gallery, Swansea for over a year, planning a group show together. Without Borders, which is now planned to open in July (fingers crossed) will have work from creative people associated with different groups in Wales and beyond. Each submission will be exhibited, included in an e-book and tour to different galleries in the UK, Europe, Japan, US and Canada. At the end of the tour it will be bound into a book and handed to a library for public viewing.
The plan is to attach the tissue to the A3 page and fold it back in when the book is bound.
I found time to do a little man handling of these latex skins again recently. It’s frustrating that my attic studio space has a pitched roof but I’m making the most of it until I can venture out. There are lots of possibilities for these strips – I’m looking forward to seeing what takes shape when I eventually get into the gallery.
I don’t usually do this, but for 1SSUE 46 I scanned one page from each of the contributors before compiling into books. Here they are – a great collection of images. They will be on show as part of the forthcoming exhibition Without Borders at Elysium gallery in Swansea from July 3rd (pandemic permitting….).
Thank you to all of the artists. Top left to bottom right: Alan Rogers, Chris Bird-Jones, Chris Nurse, France Woodley, Hazel Cardew, Heather Parnell, Masahiro Kawanaka, Matthew Fasone, Nic Pimlott, Paul Hazel, Peter Davies, Phil Mead, Richard Cox, Yumiko Inagaki.
In the tradition of our rotating editorship, I’ve been the editor for 1SSUE 46 artist book and these are my pages in sequence before they are distributed to the fifteen artists who have contributed.
My pages are another Pocket Remains series; drawings around the paper receipts, lists, tickets etc found in my pockets in 2020. I’ve been very conscious of edges, perimeters and borders during the pandemic; what forms insides and outsides.
The pages run in sequence from January to December, made with silver, gold and bronze sharpie pens.
As the surface of the silk fills with stitches each evening, I’ve begun to wonder what will happen when I stop stitching – what next – how will this be resolved ? One thing I’ve become aware of is the undulations of the quilt when I move it across my lap. The inner wadding gives it support, it holds its form creating plateaus and ravines.
There’s an intimacy, difficult to articulate, between me and the fabric I’m stitching as it settles on my legs and I slowly work my way with needle and thread up and down, in, out, in between. The action looks mindless but each stitch signifies a decision, a moment.