DeptfordX and Santorini Beinale
It’s been a great couple of weeks, in fact a good year all round, I guess that’s the way it goes sometimes.
I’ve been selected as one of the artists to take part in this years DeptfordX Fringe Festival. The organisers have aligned the dates to coincide with the Olympics and Deptford is in the right neck of the woods for some art viewing if you happen to be on the Olympic trail.
There are 50 artists involved in the Fringe, so lots to see. For my part I’m re-casting the works from Constellation in a weather proof plaster and placing them in various venues in and around Deptford. Some venues will be unmarked on the art map, to be ‘discovered’ rather than sought out and others will have more permanant locations such as, St. Paul’s church and Deptford train station.
The idea is to celebrate a collective identity within a diverse community by creating a totem of collected cast objects. The objects range from china birds to porcaline figurines. They all have a particular sensibility and are placed at a poignant paradox between cherished and forgotten. The project is about creating a memorial to memory and about how these objects speak collectively of aspirations, taste and dreams.
Each object is cast to create an exact replica of its original. But once all residue of paint and wear is removed the objects take on a new identity, they resemble ghostly apparitions of their former selves which seems to heighten their sense of loss and remembrance.
I’ll post more about the project and info nearer the time. There will be audio tours and maps available, should be a fun way to spend an afternoon.
I also found out this week that I’ve had some works selected for the Santorini beinale which I’m really chuffed about. Again I’ll post more about this later.
Pic of the works in progress at my studio: