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Sending small bodies out into the world…

by James on January 25th, 2012

My work has always been about being situated as an embodied individual in the world. Sometimes its about exploring that directly whilst I’m ‘out and about’, other times its about reflecting on my developing awareness through making. I’ve constructed life-size body spaces from local materials, and I’ve made smaller bodies that I’ve placed and photographed in different environments.

I’m about to kick off a new collaborative piece of work, that sits somewhere between the two – making simple cloth figures for other artists to use to explore their own local environment – to rub on trees, bury in the ground, tie/stitch things on, write/draw on, whatever they feel they want to.

Three of us are starting this off and sharing documentation of our experiments – Myself, Chris Seeley and Kathy Skerrit – in Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, UK and in Cleveland, Ohio in the US. It could grow from there to include other people, or it could morph into something else between the three of us, we’ll see where it goes.

For now its just exciting to be taking a way of working and making it bigger, doing it ‘in community’ with artist friends and colleagues, and exploring further how making and environmental exploration can link, to support the development of different ways of seeing/being with the world around us.

7 Comments
  1. I love this idea! It will be interesting to see what happens with the project!

  2. Thanks Melanie, will share whatever happens here… just took a look at your blog, some really interesting stuff on there for anyone that’s not seen it – http://artcatalyst.blogspot.com/

  3. Lovely work James…making the most of all around you and making beautiful & thought provoking pieces. Lovely xx

  4. Chris Seeley permalink

    I am so looking forward to my small body arriving… and finding new homes in the woods and in the garden… watch this space…

  5. James this is a brilliant idea and I can’t wait to see it evolve. Would love to be involved if you choose to take the project wider. Good luck!

    • Thanks Katie, looking forward to sharing progress, and will definitely let you know if/when we invite other artists/people to get involved…

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