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

The Cruel Sea

I chose to make this work as I wanted to create a piece that had a connection with Ormskirk.  It follows on from the ship  installation I’d made in 2011 – 300 Viking shops, following a residency last year at Leasowe Development trust on the Wirral. Leasowe had a strong connection with the Vikings.

Although Ormskirk also has a Viking connection and the gallery had expressed an interest in showing that work again, I wanted to create something new for the exhibition.  The exhibition theme was ‘ journeys’ and  I really wanted to make something to do with ships again, but Ormskirk didn’t have an obvious maritime history.  On searching Wikipedia however, I saw that Nicholas Monsarrat, author of ‘The cruel sea’ had lived in Ormskirk at one time.

I bought a copy of the book and began to read….  thinking up what I could do in terms of a artwork.

This installation is made from the pages of two copies of the Cruel Sea – two copies to represent the two ships in the book.

The Cruel Sea Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk West Lancs. 24 March – 5 May 2012

          

275 Paper ships, cut from the pages of the novel.