online text/image performance on December 8th

At 6.30pm (GMT) I will present ‘toward an emblem‘, a slidefilm with live reading, as part of the Huddle series organised by CAMP. I have been interested in the concept of the emblem for a number of years, and wanted to find a way to share some of this in both textual and visual form through a performance on zoom. The Huddle project feels a good opportunity to share this work in progress, and allow space for some dialogue or discussion.

The emblem draws my attention because of its malleability, its function as a communicative device, but one that is unstable, variable, mobile. Bringing together materials or elements from diverse contexts and from conflicting sources, the emblem as assemblage sits awkwardly within categories and classification. Juxtaposing collages that strain taxonomy and poke at order with texts that bring together theory, ornament and repetition the presentation will test what can be said in the present with a worn out or junked vocabulary.

The zoom link for the event can be accessed via the CAMP website: https://www.camp-membership.org/huddle/ A recording will be posted here after the event.

page in new Devon/Cornwall artists publication

I have had a piece of work selected for a new publication of work by artists in Devon and Cornwall. ‘dublin emblem 7’ was chosen for Front Page Back Page Centrefold, a curated magazine produced by Flock South West in cooperation with CAMP as a fringe event for the British Art Show 9 in Plymouth.

My piece combines a collage produced while staying in Dublin in 2021 with text exploring some ideas around emblemata, meaning, narrative and assemblage.

The magazine is available in all BAS9 venues, or online from https://www.flocksouthwest.org/shop.

Text in response to Chloe Bonfield residency at Unit3

Over recent weeks I have been working on a text that responds to a conversation I had with artist and illustrator Chloe Bonfield during her residency at Unit3, in Lostwithiel, coordinated by Gary Marshall Stevens.

Chloe, Gary and I are working on a broadside publication that combines images, text and folding in an exploration of ideas around emblems, forms, materials, rituals, performance and is resistant to binary thinking. The publication will be launched at a conversation event in The Mess Hall, Lostwithiel on Wednesday 9th November. The drawing shows an image of a ‘Palblugurm’ from an imagined bestiary.

MarjonXRame at Maker Heights

Really enjoyed being part of the MarjonXRame Summer School working with a great bunch of people over three days of moving, sensing, writing, feeling, listening, talking. It was great to finally make it to Maker Heights, on a wonderful campsite, to swim and eat well and get energised around making and performing. Thanks to Dr Natalie Raven for holding and shaping it.

MarjonXRame Summer School

From July 28th to 30th I will be participating in a Summer School at Rame Head in Cornwall organised by Dr Natalie Raven of Marjons University. Along with seven other artists and performers I will spend two and a half days in workshops, discussion, eating and being together in the coastal landscape at Maker Heights and the Rame peninsula. The theme is ‘innovative approaches to actor training in nature’ and we will present a sharing of work in progress or findings or thoughts on Saturday 30th July between 1300 and 1500hrs. More information here: https://marjonxrame.blogspot.com/