Safe as houses 5: Running, running, running

I wasn’t able to exercise in any of my usual ways during shielding. So this shows (a version of) me running. The ribbons from some of my Marathon medals are almost a floral spray up in the top right hand corner This collage gave me beauty and dynamism, when both of those things felt truly lacking. …

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Safe as Houses 4: How safe?

The two ‘women’  in my installation reflect different parts of myself. The naked woman shows how vulnerable I felt. She’s also a commentary on the government pronouncements on deaths ‘only’ being in the old and those with pre-existing conditions. That’s me, I thought! I’ve got pre-existing conditions – so apparently my death doesn’t really count. …

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Safe as houses 3: Looking out at the world.

It was very difficult not being allowed outside at all. I constructed a paper lemon tree to show some of the natural world – even if it was far far away at the end of a perspective tunnel . I went hungry when I couldn’t get any food and in this picture you can also …

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Safe as Houses 2: Dead bodies

In the daily coronavirus briefings, the government blithely showed all those graphs on the front of my TV. It  felt like they were ignoring the individual people whose deaths they weren’t really reporting. Those ignored dead bodies spewed out of the back of my TV. You can also see the barred door – that I’m …

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Safe as houses 1: Sitting in my installation

I was shielded during the lockdown and made an installation in the only place I could go – my front room – with the only material I had – recycled packaging. It’s too large to show all of it in one photograph. Please take note of the coffin – after an old friend pf mine …

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Making things with William

Will as the classiest blacksmith you've ever seen

William Hutt was a master craftsman and a creative whirlwind. Armourer for the Wallace Collection and the Royal Armouries. Leather worker extraordinaire. The earliest adopter of Photoshop I knew Will taught me the rudiments of how to sculpt metal by hitting it very skilfully.He improved my chain-mail making-technique. And he helped me make my first knife. Look … …

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The Persian Oak: Quercus brantii

Heres my 5 minute video on Quercus brantii – the West Asian oak, the Persian oak, the Zagros oak: I’ve done something more creative with the English oak: Quercus rubor – starting from an acorn germinating with my tears when my father took his last breath. The acorn developed to be grafted onto mosaic trees …

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Third Wave

part of the Hokusai wave - with multicultural heads to show the black, brown and white people caught up and destroyed in the pandemic

I won a special award for COVID-19 Critique from Bertha Dochouse. And was Runner up for the 3rd edition of their Creative Response to Self-Isolation competition: New Reveries: The Power of Archive Now. This was about delving into the archive. Third Wave includes some archive from the 1918 pandemic – and also shows some of …

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The THIRD WAVE: references

This 6 minute film explores inequalities in the Covid-19 pandemic – including my own shielding, BAME inequalities, and the slaughter in care homes. I’ve included some archive from the 1918 pandemic, created some specific new art, and included a few elements from the archive I have created of my own shielding. There’s more of the …

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