It was a privilege and a pleasure to be invited to return to the University to given students an insight into how my BA Fine Art Degree here informed my thinking and making and how it continues to drive my creative research and practice.
10.30 - over the meadow, reedy grass, whispering, back lit, flighty; the rose garden, walled and rocky, a space to linger, a space to feel, a space to remember.
Extract from my performance with Geraldine Hudson at Studio 44 / ABF gallery, Stockholm on 11 November 2017.
My film Just around the corner, installation of Polaroid photographs on Dibond and tracing paper and the performance of Shifting Ground were the outcome of our six month collaboration which continues.
Our joint statement illuminates the process:
The theoretical discourse and mapping strategies that the two artists have pursued during their collaboration has spilled over into email exchange, online conversations and a simultaneous walk – Steph in Bolton and Geraldine in Stockholm on the same day in August 2017. Crossing time zones, seasons and space but synchronising the physical reality of walking to explore sites of common heterotopia within their own town and city has opened a new dialogue and creative process to their practice that would not have happened on an individual basis.
The artistic outcomes are clearly just the start of an approach that brings an exciting and fluid dynamic to a sharing of ideas and critical reflection on the mutability of place.
Seeking out sites of heterotopia in the common landscape; at once familiar but set aside or transitory, disturbing what surrounds them. Re-imagined through analogue photography, projection and printmaking.