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.
Rafael MC and Cat
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.
Camberwell Summer Shows: July 11th – 17th
MA Visual Arts: Book Arts • Designer Maker • Fine Art Digital • Illustration • Printmaking
Saturday: 11am–4.30pm (last entry 4pm)
Monday to Wednesday: 10am–8pm
Camberwell College of Arts, 45–65 Peckham Road, London, SE5 8UF
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.
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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
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
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.
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
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’.