Interview with Cat

In this interview with ‘Exceptional Individuals’ I talk about graduating from a Master of Arts degree at the University of the Arts London, some of the ideas behind my art and the challenges of overcoming Dyslexia.

Unfortunately the MA Book Arts Course at UAL: Camberwell College of Arts (which ran for thirty years) is now closed as of July 2020. However, if you would like to see the course reinstated at UAL in the near future do please sign the petition >>HERE<<

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‘Exceptional Individuals’ specifically work with neurodivergent people and support neurodiversity awareness. For more information please visit: https://exceptionalindividuals.com/

If you are interested to find out more about what constitutes dyslexia there is a book called: The Gift of Dyslexia: Why Some of the Smartest People Can’t Read and How They Can Learn (Revised and Expanded), by Ronald D. Davis with Eldon M.Braun. Published by Perigee Books 2010. Book Finder: ISBN: 978-0399535666 

First published in 1994, Ronald Davis theorises that dyslexic individuals do not think in words and are picture thinkers. I would go a step further and postulate that it is a kinetic combination of absorbing and processing information that results in visual tapestry or collage of information to which the individual will keep updating and adding to for the rest of their lives. This often gives a Dyslexic an overview of the bigger picture and how certain elements mesh together.

For example did you know that Agatha Christie, Albert EinsteinAndy Warhol, Auguste Rodin, Cher, David Bailey, Erin Brockovich, Jennifer Aniston, Leonardo da Vinci, Jim Carrey, John Lennon, Keanu Reeves, Kiera Knightley, Orlando Bloom, Pablo Picasso, Pierre Curie, Richard Branson, Steven Spielberg, Thomas Edison, are also dyslexic achievers?

More info: https://www.dyslexia.com/book/the-gift-of-dyslexia/

 

 

Camberwell Summer Show 2019

Why I think Art is important in society today and why everyone should go to Art School:

Holiness of the Heart: A Concrete Poetry Art Installation and Artist’s book featuring my ‘Holiness of the Heart’ poem printed upon the feathers of the wings, one wing in English and the other wing in Spanish, which I photographed and printed up large 2.2 m x 1.5 m utilising the room as book, with the walls as pages and the corner as the spine or fold, exploring: The Viewer as Performer / Reading the Gallery Space like a Book /  Leading the viewer through the space / The importance of language and translation / The concept of unity – ‘We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another’ – Luciano De Crescenzo / and the concept of spiritual integrity- ‘I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the Heart’s affections and the truth of Imagination–what the imagination seizes as Beauty must be truth’ – John Keats. In this piece each viewer becomes an Angel on Earth.


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The viewer experiences and engages with the piece by wearing a viewing device, (3D-Spex) to read the affirmations which are designed to create new neurological pathways in the brain that are totally supportive. The prints are available as an Artist’s Book from the Book Art Bookshop in Pitfield St., Shoreditch with a free pair of 3D specs.

Sequence: An Artist’s Book inspired by my mother who has Dementia on the subject of memory, self-identity and intergenerational change, reframing the past to serve in the present, through the materiality of the Artist’s Book and analogue photographs. It is also about the processes of looking. The Summer Show exhibit was accompanied by a series of framed prints which featured only the backs of the analogue photographs, as unique objects in time and space in their own right, which have their own story to tell.

A hardback copy of this book is part of the special collection of Artist’s Books at The British Library, and a saddle-stitched copy of ‘Sequence’ is part of the special collection of Artist’s Books at The Wellcome Library, The Women’s Art Library at Goldsmiths University, London, and The Tetley’s special collection of Artist’s Books in Leeds.

The hardback version will be on display as part of the MA Select Show at the Camberwell Space Gallery, 45- 65 Peckham Road, London, SE5-8UF until 23rd August.

Grateful thanks to everyone who came to the show and engaged with the bookworks.

Summer Shows 2019

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Camberwell Summer Shows: July 11th – 17th

MA Visual Arts: Book Arts • Designer Maker • Fine Art Digital • Illustration • Printmaking

Thursday: 6–9pm
Friday: 10am–8pm
Saturday: 11am–4.30pm (last entry 4pm)
Sunday: Closed
Monday to Wednesday: 10am–8pm

Camberwell College of Arts, 45–65 Peckham Road, London, SE5 8UF

British Library


I am pleased to announce that The British Library‘s special collection of Artist’s Books has recently acquired a hardback lay flat first edition limited print run of my Artist’s Book: ‘Sequence’. This is now the fourth special collection that has acquired ‘Sequence’.

You can see ‘Sequence’ at the MA SELECT SHOW at The Camberwell Space Gallery, Camberwell College of Arts, 45 – 65 Peckham Road, London, SE5 8UF, from 11th July – 23rd August 2019.

 

Makers Fair @ DIY Space for London

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Delighted to present a talk on the subject of Arts & Wellbeing Practice at the Maker’s Fair held in the DIY Space for London, Sunday 12th May.

There will also be a zine making workshop presented by Lu Williams, a ‘Being an entrepreneur Artist and Maker in London’ talk by Tere Chad, plus makers stalls selling zines, illustrations, prints, ceramics, jewellery, and more.

The DIY Space For London is a cooperatively-run social centre located in South London, just off Old Kent Road, who offer low cost creative facilities, meeting rooms and social spaces, as well as space for screenings, talks and performances. DIY for London operates via a members’ club model so that everyone has an equal say in how the place is run. The space works to promote the ideas of mutual aid (helping each other) and cooperation (working together). Providing a welcoming space for everyone, including those whose voices and contributions are not always heard or appreciated.

Women’s Art Library, Goldsmiths University

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I am pleased to announce that my Artist’s Book entitled ‘Sequence’ has been acquired by the Women’s Art Library, Special Collections at Goldsmiths University, London.

The Women’s Art Library began as an artists’ initiative that developed into an arts organization publishing catalogues and books as well as a magazine from the early 1980s to 2002. The main purpose however was to provide a place for women artists to deposit unique documentation of their work. WAL collected personal files that functioned together as an alternative public space to view and experience women’s art. Thousands of artists from around the world are represented in some form in this collection.

As part of Goldsmiths Library Special Collections, the Women’s Art Library continues to collect slides, artist’s books, artist statements, exhibition ephemera, catalogues and press material in addition to audio and videotapes, photographs and CD-Roms.

Wellcome Library

unnamedI am pleased to announce that The Wellcome Library Artist’s Book Collection has recently acquired a copy of my Artist’s Book: ‘Sequence’.

The library has also acquired a copy of my MA Research Paper, entitled: ‘How does the Materiality of the Artist’s Book Help to Augment an Understanding With Respect to Creating a Narrative About Memory and Identity? which is now available via the Wellcome Library catalogue: Links below.

PAGES New Voices: A Gathering of Artists’ Books Tour

Unknown-1In February my Artist’s Book: ‘Sequence’ was acquired at the 22nd Annual International Contemporary Artists Book Fair held at the Tetley in Leeds and is part of the PAGES New Voices collection of Artists’ Books, which has started a short tour of three Yorkshire venues at the Rotherham Open Arts Renaissance (Below).

PAGES is coordinated by artists and researchers John McDowall and Chris Taylor. Founded in 1998 and operating around the hub of an annual Artists’ Book Fair, the initiative has provided numerous and wide-ranging opportunities for the development and awareness of the book as primary medium in art practice. Manifestations such as exhibitions, workshops, open calls and curated projects have facilitated experimentation, dissemination and engagement for audience and makers. In 2019 in association with the Fair’s host venue, TheTetley, and with the support of Arts Council England, PAGES has under taken a series of major new projects.

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ROAR, Rotherham:
Talk on Wednesday 13 March at 6.30.
The books will be on display until Thursday 21 March.
http://rotherhamroar.com

Doncaster Art Gallery & Museum:
Talk on Saturday March 23 at 11.00.
The books will be on display until Friday 29 March.
http://www.doncaster.gov.uk/services/culture-leisure-tourism/doncaster-museum-and-art-gallery

The Cooper Gallery, Barnsley:
Talk on Saturday 30 March at 11.00.
The books will be on display until Saturday 6 April
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www.cooper-gallery.com

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Camaradas MX-UK 2019 Exhibition

I have been invited to take part in The Mexican Embassy’s Camaradas MX-UK / Comrades UK-MX 2019 Exhibition due to take place at the Menier Gallery, London, March 12th-16th. I will produce a concrete poetry Diptych featuring a poem I wrote entitled: Holiness of the Heart which was inspired by John Keats quote: 

‘I am certain of nothing but of the holiness of the hearts affections and the truth of imagination’.

The purpose of the poem is to remind people of one’s spiritual wellbeing through the medium of language, which is pivotal in the areas of human rights protection, good governance, peace building, reconciliation, and sustainable development. The wing-shaped diptych is inspired by another of my favourite quotes by Luciano De Crescenzo:

“We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another”.

It will be accompanied by a limited edition Artists Book / Zine featuring the poems translations into French, Spanish and Italian.

 

The Blue Notebook journal for Artists’ Books

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Cover design: Tom Sowden

Vol 13 No 2 includes essays and articles:

• The British Library – Artists’ Books Now – Vol 1 – Here and Now, review by Cat Miller;

• Documenting Life Stories through Artists’ Books by Ana Paula Estrada;

• The book as performance by Amir Brito Cador;

• The Sketchbook and the Collider by Ian Andrews;

• Mark To Impress: Utilising New Tools by Maria G Pisano – Memory Press

The Blue Notebook journal for artists’ books Vol 13 Nos 1 and 2. Publication dates: October 2018 and April 2019.

£10- from UWE online store: https://store.uwe.ac.uk/product-catalogue/publications/impact-press-publications/the-blue-notebook-journal-for-artists-books-vol-13-1-2

Petition to Save MA Book Arts

For more info and to SIGN please click link >> https://chn.ge/2yX5Uu6

UPDATE:

Dear Book Arts Community

Following the generous support from the Book Arts Community who signed and are still signing our petition to save the MA Book Arts Course at Camberwell College of Arts and also the recent students meeting with the Dean of CCW: David Crow to voice their concerns, please find his full response regarding the future of MA Book Arts here:>> fineart-bookarts-keypoints290112019.docx

Book Arts Newsletter

I was recently commissioned to write an article on The British Library’s ‘show and tell‘ of Artists’ Books from the BL special collection. The article can be found on page 51 in this months issue No. 119  of the Book Arts Newsletter

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MA Book Arts Summer Show

Looking At Looking / Sequence Reframed

This piece is about analogue photography, memory and identity, neuro-diversity, intergenerational change, sequence, reframing the past into the present and the art of looking, as in looking at the processes of looking which in turn reframes the past. The way this particular piece is presented invites the viewer to pick up the book and hold it in their hands while leafing through its pages. The act of handling the book activates the piece. As the viewer looks down upon the book they can see their own hands echoing a similar handling of the book as demonstrated in the photograph below. The hand in the shot belongs to the same women in the photograph. The age difference symbolises the passage of time. What I hope to encourage is a dialogue on the importance of ones memories for a sense of self-identity. How does memory-loss impact ones sense of self-identity? And how can one reframe ones memories so that they may better serve oneself in the present moment?

12th – 18th July 2018: UAL: MA degree shows.

Xhibit 2018

I am currently featured in The Xhibit 2018 Show – Championing Future Creatives – running from April 19th to May 12th @ The Bermondsey Project Space London SE1.


ALTERED STATES :: The ‘Altered Book’ piece was about challenging the traditional concepts of ‘what the book represents in our culture today’ in the changing times of electronic devices that simulate the book right down to the colour and texture of the paper. Traditionally the book has been a revered and trusted object upheld throughout history and culture, where entire religious philosophies and political ethics are delivered as fact, presenting complex methodologies to be adhered to and codes of conduct for living ones life. Significant sized buildings of stature and status are still dedicated to their housing for archival, lending, and research purposes. This piece entitled ‘Altered States’ was made from a large ex-government hard back book that has been repurposed with a series of sequential cuts and reverse folds, which all together formed sculptural indented shapes where pages were compressed together. The pages were not destroyed in any way and so therefore could be unfolded to become a normal book again, representational of the division between the two worlds that we live in; the world of imagination and the world of outer reality. The shapes represent the personal inner emotional spaces that are created when the imagination is activated which can transport one to an alternate parallel reality.

Click HERE to see my PHOTOS from the PRIVATE VIEW.

More images taken by Zaigham Butt: https://www.flickr.com/photos/suarts/albums/72157690051800540

Images taken by Paola Gabrielli (Bermondsey Project Space): https://www.flickr.com/photos/suarts/albums/72157668436441548

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Roisin Sullivan, BA Fine Art (4D), Diploma of Professional Studies CSM will be performing her performance titled ‘My Autism’ at 4pm on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 9th May
  • Saturday 12th May

The performance which takes place in the gallery window consists of the artist sitting in a bath of Coca Cola for 30 minutes interwoven with a spoken word piece which reflects on their life from 1 to the present day.

In the words of Roisin ‘The work itself explores my oppression as a women with autism. The absurdity of this act is a demonstration of the constraints within society, and within my experience of existing. There’s a disposition between determinism and free will composed in the structure of capitalism, patriarchy and western society which impacts myself, and is relevant throughout history. The systematic oppression of my autism and gender is represented by submerging my body in the Coca Cola, something which I have addiction to – this act calls into question whether this characteristic forms part of my Asperger’s or is a result of further political hierarchies’.