SEA-MARKINGS Artist in Residence & Exhibition
The RSC commissioned me to be Artist in Residence at the RST in Stratford-upon-Avon from September 2014-15 and to make the exhibition 'SEA-MARKINGS', April-Sept 2015, which was the culmination of the residency. As well as researching and responding to the plays I had chance to explore the hidden activity that takes place backstage from costume making and rigging to the carefully choreographed activity that occurs during the live performance. It was an inspiring time working with the RSC and in response to such great material. The work in the exhibition was a result of my ongoing interests and a response to the plays 'Othello' and 'Merchant of Venice', showing in 2015 at the RSC. It consisted of a huge site-specific installation called 'Sail Painting' which took over the public atrium spaces in front of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Including 30 appropriated used sails, alongside sails formed from sacks for food goods traded around the world. The sails hung at various angles and levels in the four storey building, creating different perspectives depending on the viewer’s vantage point. The viewer could be walking inside a three-dimensional abstract painting. In the PACCAR Room gallery 'Sail Away' an installation of tiny boats made from old and international currency (previously shown in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall) and smaller framed works, including textiles and drawings, were shown. The Images here show the Installation of 'Sail Painting' with Andy Williams and John Cowley the best technicians and engineers in the world! as well as the final piece.