The Dalby Forest residency is my third project set within a National Park, following a month spent in Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland, Canada (Newfoundland and Labrador Crafts Council, 2019) and a slow art project in Reeth, Yorkshire Dales (Chrysalis Arts, 2016 - 2018).
As with these two previous residencies, the one in Dalby was intended to be community based, with workshops in the forest leading to a collaborative installation; inspired by history, place, people and community. Unfortunately with Covid-19 restrictions in place, it has been tricky to implement my original plans. I therefore have shifted my ideas towards a more individual response, with similar themes in mind.
I typically create mixed-media objects and installations that celebrate a particular life, a significant moment or a specific location. Blurring the boundaries between fact and fiction, I fashion quirky items as if they are acquisitions from a museum collection. These often cause uncertainty and questioning with the audience, who are enticed to spot clues revealing the object’s authenticity (or lack of).
Previous site-specific exhibitions have included: Luminary, Gawthorpe Textiles Collection, East Lancashire (Meeting Point2, Arts & Heritage, 2017); Accessories, Brontë Parsonage Museum, Haworth, West Yorkshire (Brontë200, The Brontë Society, 2016) and Inspired by Heritage, The Royal Pump Room Museum, Harrogate(Chrysalis Arts, 2010).
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Images from Accessories, Brontë Parsonage Museum