SHIFT was an exhibition in the remaining rotten skeleton of my house just before demolition. It was a very personal response to a sense of vulnerability and shocking upheaval
When it became clear that my new wooden house was going to have to be demolished I was scared and excited. The interior of the gutted house was beautiful and I wanted to use it and commemorate the old house in some way. So my photographer friend Viv Yankah and I conceived a show within the bones of the house. We did a one off shoot in the setting sun of me hanging upside down naked and vulnerable on the various skeletal stud walls, then blew the images up to nearly life size and displayed them where they had been shot. It was a powerful show and a real celebration of feeling the fear and doing it anyway! .
New embroidery by Rachael Dickens is created using materials found entirely on the beach. Sea-washed tattered textiles, corroded and oxidised metals and ragged crumbling plastics. This work sits alongside Viv Yankah’s ceramic vessels, inspired by the ancient salt and rust encrusted surfaces of large brightly painted navigation buoys. Both artists explore the aesthetic of the impermanent, the way a material begins to take on the qualities of it’s environment and the changes that surfaces exhibit over time.