Sail Painting

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A large-scale site-specific installation (2015) that hung in the atrium spaces, over three storeys in front of the Royal Shakespeare Companies Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon.

'Sail Painting' consisted of 30 or so old sails, alongside sails formed from old sacks used to trade food stuffs from around the world. The sails hung at various angles and levels in the multi-level building thereby playing with the perspectives of the viewer's different vantage points. It was as if the viewer was walking inside a three-dimensional abstract painting.

The piece was one of the results of a year long Residency at the RSC (2014-15) where as well as researching and responding to the plays Othello and The Merchant of Venice I was able to explore the hidden activities that take place backstage from costume making and rigging to the carefully choreographed activity that occurs during the live performance. Working with the RSC in response to such great material inspired a strong body of new work. The culmination of this commission was the exhibition 'SEA-MARKINGS' (April-September 2015), which also included a version of 'Sail Away' (paper money & map boats), smaller framed works, textiles and drawings as well as 'Sail Painting'. The last 3 images show the installation of 'Sail Painting' (March 2015) with Andy Williams and John Cowley the best technicians and engineers in the world!

Date: 2015

Material: used sail cloth, appropriated food sacks, rope, thread, cable

Provenance: Royal Shakespeare Company UK

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