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
From Sunday 12th August 2018 I shall be featured in a month-long solo exhibition of photographic prints all of which were taken within a period of a year on my walks around London. It will be held in the upstairs gallery of The Hanbury Hall in Spitalfields, London.
The Hanbury Hall has a fascinating history that dates back to 1719. Originally built as a small Hugenot chapel, it has accommodated many different East London congregations over the years eventually becoming part of Christ Church in 1887. Charles Dickens was a regular visitor in the 1800s using the building for public readings of his works and in 1888 the Match Girls held their strike meetings here as they prepared to protest against working conditions at the nearby Bryant and May factory.
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
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?