Although its really exciting to be involved in International projects like this, it brings up the old problem of how to get my work there. It has to be light in weight, but also able to fill a fair size space.
It took me ages to get going and I had loads of failed projects on the way. It was just by chance then that I had a conversation with another artist who was telling me about his old studio in the Bridewell. I think we started talking about the Rauschenberg exhibition at Tate and got on to the subject of music ( don’t ask me how we jumped to that!) …..So this guy was saying that he wanted to impress an artist in his studio (many years ago) and recorded some obscure soundtrack & played it loud when the said artist was passing.
The artist was Adrian Henri.
Henri’s work had popped up recently in an exhibition, so I thought I’d take a look at his work and poetry again. I had been looking at poems for inspiration and wanted something about Liverpool…and also possibly something very English… like TEA.
Up popped ‘Go to work on a Braque’. It was a bit silly and slightly nonsensical, but it had several references to Liverpool landmarks PLUS a line about tea!
I stole it.
I’d used tea and teabags in earlier works and found it really light, but durable. So I set about drinking gallons of tea so that I could save the bags.
The results are a blind with the words of the poem and a portrait of Henri himself.