During November, the county pauses each year to remember all those who have played their part in the many wars. In Cumbria, there have been many events, artworks and exhibitions to aid this moment of reflection.
Home is where the heart is... is a continuation of my research into notions around the space, indoor, outdoor or imaginary, we call 'home'.
My new lecture/workshop tour has begun!
What is the point of art? How do we teach it, interact with it, exhibit it, and sell it? This subject has fascinated me for years.
This is a project that has been in development since 2012 (at least). As any of my friends and colleagues will know, I am a huge fan of the Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector, whose work I first came across in Another Magazine.
Home is where the heart is follows on from last year's participatory project Dreaming of home, during which people had been invited to be interviewed about their dream home, in exchange for which, I gave them a painting of the 'interior portrait' they had shared. Home is where the heart is continues to develop the 'home' theme.
In April of 2017, I began to formulate my next step for the 'Dreaming of Home' project. I proposed to interview a further 5 people, and this time record the interview process. I wanted to use this footage in the final exhibition as a means of showing something of the human story behind the final drawing. The theme was still 'home', but this time, I switched emphasis from dreams and desires, to formative memories. I asked the interviewees to recall places of gathering, privacy, inspiration and shelter. The places didn't have to have four walls. The questions were simple, requesting descriptive replies.
From February to June 2016, I worked with Joshua Sofaer on his project 'Workshops in People's Homes'. The other 11 artists taking part, hosted their workshops in their homes or studios, the idea being that this would enhance or add a new facet to a participatory experience. Workshops attendees would be entering the personal space of the artist, as well as undertaking the unique workshop that the artist had devised.
Pursuing an understanding of what we need to exist in the world: how do we connect with others (and the wider world and its objects), how do we understand others, What is our language.