Last year I did a talk about my work at Bradford College. After the talk, the Arts Officer from the Bronte Parsonage Museum in Haworth approached me with a possible offer of a Residency. After a few exhaustive months of securing funding, I’m now planning a Project, which will culminate in an Exhibition within the Museum Collections later on this year. I am intrigued by the mystery that surrounds the Bronte family, and by the Moors that surround their once family home. Wuthering Heights was one of the first books I read, and is still a favourite of mine. Not least because I have personal associations with it. I remember my nan giving me her copy of the book, when I was about ten years old. I drove from London to Haworth last week to begin my research in the Museum Library. There were many inspiring objects on display, but I am still in the early stages of my research, and am not sure which direction I am going to take yet.
I've been absent for a while. For the last couple of months I've had nowhere to work. The old studio was too cold and damp during the Winter months, and it was impossible to sit and make art-works in sub-zero temperatures. Recently, I have taken a lease out on a new studio in South London, and I finished moving all of my stuff into the delightful space last week. It feels good to be back at work.
The Times Magazine ran a feature on Saturday by four writers, writing about their 'Christmas's less Ordinary'. I was commissioned to create the art-work to accompany the feature. The Christmas Tree is cut-out of Dickens's 'The Christmas Carol' and is adorned with four baubles in the shape of a suitcase, a tipi, a Sikh Temple and an AK47 machine gun.
Here is a commission I did for the December issue of Waitrose Food Illustrated. It presents a different way of working for me, away from the book, and also incorporates food, in this case, a sumptuous 'sea of meringue'. The illustrations compliment the Story of The NutCracker, re-interpreted by the writer 'Sophie Dahl'.
I am preparing a small exhibition of my works in Edinburgh at The Scottish Gallery, which previews on the 1st December. Here is an invite, and a couple of pieces which I will be featuring in the Show. The Title for the Exhibition is taken from the surrealist artist 'Leonora Carrington's' brilliant book,'The Hearing Trumpet, 1977'. Photographs by Lacey (Copyright 2009)