Will Be Shown: Online / West Dean College, Chicester.
I was invited by the West Dean College of Arts & Conservation to be their Maker in Residence in March 2020.
I spent two weeks at the College, working alongside students in the College’s Fine Art and Furniture workshops, creating a new body of work that referenced the College’s Collection and Archive.
Whist in residence, I developed artworks centred around the researching of Edward James' (1907 - 1984) commissioned surrealist interiors and exploring James' romantic relationships with male surrealist artists.
With these elements in mind I set out to create an offering to Edward James in the form of a square section of herringbone parquet flooring, where each of the parquet tiles were wooden sausages. This surreal as well as sexual sample would then of been presented to Edward for it to be commissioned to fill the stately rooms on the ground floor of the estate.
This queer installation played both with the archive as well as the historic personalities within the house that where rarely talked about.
With the outbreak of Covid-19, my residency was cut short and the production and showing of the work had been postponed.
In response to the pandemic, I applied for Art Council England funding to develop ways of working with archive collections at distance. This resulted in becoming West Dean's first remote Artist in Residence to continue my investigation, complete said artwork and create a larger body of work.
Photography by Paul Samuel White