While I move away

WW While I move away 1a While I move away ;    A small mixed media installation

When I was making this installation, I was thinking about how secure (or not) our individual accommodation was.  I found that more and more people that I knew were now struggling with paying their rent or mortgages and a few had to give up their homes.

Showing in ‘Not my beautiful house’, Tate Liverpool until 15 August 2014

Title taken from the song ‘ Move Away’ by The Killers

WW While I move away 2a

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Factory: an installation of paper boots

Factory is an installation I made for the Barnaby Festival in Macclesfield : http://www.barnabyfestival.org.uk/events/factory 

The theme of the festival  is ‘Industry’ and my work depicts the children working in the textile factories during Victorian times. The boots are made from used packaging materials.

 

Memorial

‘Memorial’ is a large paper installation, showing at the Dykeman Young gallery in Jamestown NY . It is a continuation of my work about the 1944 aircrash, culminating in this memorial for the 24 US airmen that lost their lives in the crash.

Exhibition can be viewed here..

Monuments

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For the last few months, I have been working towards the Colonize exhibition which will be shown in Jamestown NY at The 3rd on 3rd and Dykeman Young Galleries.

My work is based on the tragic 1944 Liberator plane crash that happened close to where I live. It was only by chance that I found the monument to the 24 airmen that lost their lives in the crash and it made me want to find out more.

From where I live, I can see the vast area of bright yellow rape seed flowers that surround the crash site. Until recently I had no idea what lay below.

I found a map of the site and took a walk up there. Its very quiet. There are deep gouges in the earth, still visible after all of these years. Remnants of animal life remain – wool caught on a barbed wire fence, a skull from a sheep, bones lying peacefully in a brook.

The triangular monuments are collages of what remains. Symbols on maps, fading flowers plant and animal life…

Further reading on the tragedy can be found here  Many thanks to Colin Schroeder, aviation historian, for sending me information

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Houses Revisited

The paper houses are from an installation I made last year and I wanted to recycle them in some way.

Still thinking about the journey the paper has made before it reached my hands, I wanted to incorporate not only the elements of travelling, but also the feeling of safely we experience when we arrive home from our journeys.

‘Safe House’ to me, sums up that feeling of security.  (Showing in The  Warrington Museum & Art Gallery as part of the Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival)

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Trailers were made for the Clandestine exhibition in the Williamson tunnels.

Wendy Williams. Trailers

Reading about Joseph Williamson, I found out that as well as the tunnels, he also built a lot of the houses on Mason Street and in adjoining streets. I found it fascinating that he ‘was constantly changing the houses he owned – knocking down walls, putting in bigger and bigger windows, extending cellars’ etc.

This installation represents not only the link between the tunnels and the houses by the transportation of the building materials from one place to another, but of the reinvention of an object.

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There is Another Sky

There is another sky an installation of paper hot air balloons,  is made from discarded exhibition pamphlets.

The title of this installation is taken from the poem by Emily   Dickinson. I liked the idea of there being an alternative and very optimistic  ‘other life’ out there and I’ve taken the title literally.

Showing at The Chapel Gallery Ormskirk 21 September – 9 November 2013