Repeat Depictions

Artist Collaborative Residency at Kentish Town Health Centre

Conversations & Assemblages

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Chris and Lisa had the advantage of spending two days consecutively this week to create work and develop ideas. The working sessions involved lots of conversation, sharing ideas, discussing what was innovative, practical, achievable, relevant and sensitive to the space of the surgery and the space we have been given to work in. While working we both became excited by the ideas but also a little daunted by what we’d like to achieve and how. There was a lot of honesty in the conversations throughout the days which supports our working together.

While discussing the project and work we made good progress in our art making in the time we had. Chris and Lisa both worked on drawings thinking about conversations, the connections and disconnections, where we were and the nature of the work that take place at KTHC. Our drawings became the conversation and started to embody our thoughts.

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We also took inspiration from the surgery for work. Chris took a number of sound recordings throughout the building and will use these for future works to highlight his particular sensitivity to sound. It was an insightful experience walking around the surgery together. Chris drew my attention to all the existing sounds as well as the ones that were made by passing through a space. Chris discovered that by walking down the stairs the handrail made a particular sound as the hand passed along it.  Different floor surfaces made very distinctive sounds as did different doors: the creak of hinged doors and the swoosh of the automatic sliding door.

This week I took inspiration for the leaflets, magazines and newspapers in the collagewaiting room. Using the Camden New Journal and a previous drawing I collaged some of the images and the lettering to create a new image. It made me think of the Dadaists photomontages and their deconstruction and construction of language and images to change meanings making the real surreal. I am inspired to make a few of these in response to each weeks Camden New Journal and will be trying a few different anagrams out!

As we discussed what went on in a doctors surgery we often referred back in our conversations to parts of the body, medical instruments and equipment; needles being a common implement we came back to thinking abouout injections, taking samples, being stitched and accupuncture.

Chris started to work on this idea of piercing a surface with something sharp. Using sticks and linen he started to pierce the surface of the cloth. The sticks started to support the cloth and allow it to move and lift off the flat surface.

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We are excited to see how these ideas can develop over the coming weeks and by how much can be achieved with very simple materials.

 

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Spaces and Folds

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The marks of previous notices on the noticeboards in the library of KTHC make an interesting pattern along the wall. It is the absence that creates a presence. Often we dont notice something until it is no longer there but an inprint is left reminding us of its once presence. A bit like when we walk down the street a realise a space has appeared. A building has been demolished. We havent noticed the building before until it is gone and with its absence we are made aware of its once presence. noticeboards

Taking this idea of a space created by something that had been there previously I used pastels to mark out the size of the previous notices to create new voids, new spaces to reflect the marks left by previous presence of the notices.

Later in the day we, Chris and Lisa, worked together, sharing ideas, recording our conversations and using just paper to make art work. The idea came from thinking about origami and using simple materials to make art. We got folding and discovered some good effects from very simple folds. I remembered the game of using a piece of paper to make a folded box with openable tabs which could paperfoldsreveal an answer. We also looked at the sunlight through the folds of the paper and enjoyed seeing the shadows and shapes made by the opaqueness of the paper.

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We then experimented with placing these simple sculptural forms on the wall of the library using the noticeboards. These became quite quickly a series of wall sculptures, delicate and catching the light working with intricate folds of light and shade.

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Video Paintings

Today I have been observing the light and movement and recording some of the sounds in the different spaces of the building. It has been beautifully clear sunny day and I was initially struck how the light came into the library dancing through the leaves of the tree outside casting constantly moving shadows into the room.

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The hum of the air conditioning cocooned me from the noise and activity in the surgery. It felt that I was nearer the sky and the outside elements and allowed me thinking time away from the buzz of the surgery below. It’ll be a conducive space to work and create in.

As I walked through the spaces of the building I began to notice that each space has its own distinct and changing, transient sounds. I recorded the sounds on each floor and was drawn to the smaller details of the spaces.

The lights going on an off on the emergency help point attracted my attention.

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The fish tank continues to fascinate me. Gentle movement of the fish and air, the sound of the motor and bubbles and the stillness of the waiting room beyond.

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A number of video paintings have been created today. One minute observations of the time passing. Here are a selection of a few of the Video paintings in low res:


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Iris Ink

On Friday 2nd May Chris & Lisa took part in a workshop in the waiting room / cafe area of Kentish Town Health Centre run by artist Deisa Centazzo as part of the Freespace Gallery’s Well-Being Garden project.

At first it seemed so alien to be crushing such beautiful flowers by the colours that emerged from the flowers were so varied and delicate from greens to blues and purples. With the assistance of alum powder to pigment could be used as a dye and ink.

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Iris Ink painting by Chris Cooper Iris Ink painting by Lisa Muten