Catch up time
So, I feel like there is much to catch up on – several exhibitions and new pieces of work have happened recently so I guess this is a good place to start. Not so long ago a collaboration happened between myself and fellow artist/curator/facilitator Bren O’Callaghan for the ‘Re-Covering’ exhibition at Untitled Gallery . The exhibition showed works by 40 local and international artists who redesigned the cover of an influential book onto a paper-back book sized piece of reclaimed oak from school libraries.
Bren approached me with an idea to re-cover Leonora Carrington’s ‘The Hearing Trumpet’ – his favourite of her novels. Having never read any of her books, I set to work reading – Johnny 5 style – and could soon see why Bren had wanted the piece to be constructed in fabric. There were so many references in the book to exquisite materials, rich fabrics, leathers and the like, as well as the powerful visual references to ‘The Winking Abbess’ painting. From her words and an exhibition we visited on religious iconography at Blackburn Museum, we started to sew together our ideas…Bren tells the story beautifully: