Pillars – and mirrors- of your communities

Looking across euston road towards the station , the ghosts of the murdered plane trees reach Xfar far up. In front, the vehicles have been ghosted

If you live in a city, maybe you don’t think of your local trees much – crammed as they are between buildings? Maybe you don’t think of them at all!But even in the most urban of settings, trees provide shade. Reduce pollution. They’re homes for the birds I heard in the dawn chorus for the …

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Freeswimming freeweaving

Here's my weave - with four swimmers in a slant blue river, with a chocolae brown mountain - its truly raised - with gold hints, top left, representing the Angolan highlands . Below the 'river' is gorgeous green and, ven lower, onion bag orange.

I’m free-swimming in the Kunene River.  Hundreds of kilometres of onion-bag Namibian desert shrink to nothing when, out of nowhere, there’s a sudden smear of luscious green velvet plant-life, edging the languid aquamarine silk of the River. A huge bubbling plaited-corduroy waterfall is underpinned by turquoise plastic scaffolding-protectors. On the far side of the river, the …

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Online audio description and discussion during a pandemic

I’ve been really enjoying The Photographers Gallery (TPG) Slow Looking online audio description and discussion sessions! It’s such fun looking closely and deeply at great photographs – created and curated by experts. Then I was asked to comment on the process, alongside Caroline Dawson, an expert Audio Describer, and Janice McLaren, Head of Education & …

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Exquisite corpse: throwing people overboard

composite modified turners slave ship - with the ship on the painting to show the drowning slaves with added union jack on the maim=n mast plus cartoon of boris pushing a woman in a wheelchair off the back of the ship

Sapphire Goss invited me to take part in a lockdown ‘exquisite corpse’ experimental film. In this Surrealist method, words or images are created as a group – sequentially but blindly – each person only sees the last fragment of whatever the previous person has made. The overall theme was Interiors – and I had a …

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(Un)forgotten flora

small flowering lemon tree

Francis Annagu — project creator, documentary photographer and creative writer (based in Nigeria) invited participants to take part in creating a new work for online exhibition (on Co-iki’s website) under the “Creativity from HOME” experimental residency curated by Co-iki. I’m included with my thoughts on lemons and oaks:http://www.carolinemawer.com/lemons-oaks-and-the-wood-wide-web/http://www.carolinemawer.com/lemon-trees-citrus-limon-and-limu-shirin/http://www.carolinemawer.com/quercus-brantii-the-west-asian-oak/I wrote of how Living in a big …

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Life, Interrupted: 14 Sept-14 Oct

grid of thumbnails of submissions from artist in group exhibition

I got a very generous share of the time at the opening event of this digital group exhibition at the Socially Engaged Art Salon, Brighton. Theres more from all the other artists here: https://www.seasbrighton.org/life-interrupted-gallery And more on my own submission here: https://www.seasbrighton.org/post/life-interrupted-caroline-mawer

Lemons, oaks and the wood-wide web

Mature English oak: Quercus robur wiki image

This 5 minute film links some work I already did on lemons and the Persian oak – see below.And also adds more on the English Oak. English oaks are – probably – even more entrenched in English folklore and history than Persian oaks are in SW Iran. Quercus robur is England’s national tree and there …

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Deathbed Skiing: the videos

This was an intimate performance with spoken word, choreography and a wrap-around projected forest. I’ve tidied up the videos here: Black Run and Deathbed Skiing: Last Breath / First Breath: Read some of the words here