CULTURAL CROSSING SERIES 2008-9
The first piece in the series entitled,
‘I Have Been a Stranger in a Strange Land’, has a personal historical narrative exploring the artist’s origins and roots. This has evolved as a result of working with asylum seekers and refugees now living in Liverpool. The piece was shown as part of a collective works depicting their journey, 'Bridges Not Walls’ on exhibition at World Museum, Liverpool May 2008.
The second is a body of work entitled,
‘Pillars of Wisdom, Patterns of Culture’, a collection of four tall, wooden totemistic sculptures, all similar in conception yet unique in their differences. Culture reveals exotic differences between peoples, but equally reveals the similarities that may be part of a human heritage. This body of work may be read as a metaphor for the Ethnic Pluralism of Liverpool, or any great city in a permanent state of change.
“Each person is simultaneously like some other people, like all other people, and like no other person.” Clyde Kluckholm
Viewed from a sculptural perspective the artist draws upon the ideology of the Industrial era, encompassing the notion of strength, stability, protection and security portrayed through structure and form. Her work is executed through the appropriation of materials and skills generally used within the construction, engineering and craft industries. The sculptures evoke associative references to: supportive wooden architectural infrastructures, powerful totemic tribal histories, ritualistic celebratory references of May Poles, religious and spiritual well-being with church spires and the photosynthetic life source of trees.
Pillars of Wisdom, Patterns of Culture was part of 'Liverpool International Artists' exhibition at Novas Contemporary Urban Centre, Liverpool Biennial Sept-Nov 2008.
The third piece in the series,
‘Follow the Spoor’, a large scale, copper sculpture, reflects the movement of a people, the physical upheaval, the trail of uncertainty and fear yet strength of character to begin the journey, to take the first step on a pathway to safety, to freedom, to a new life.