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

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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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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