We had our peer group last night — smaller than usual but lovely and intimate all the same (much to the pleasure of some people sharing!). Please see below for the re-cap.
Christina Lovey shared work from her Arts in Dentistry project, working with Kings. The project involved working with a sociologist and dentists to explore how they deal with patients, and what makes a patient ‘easy’ or ‘difficult’. The project combined visual interpretations of interviews with dentists using soundwaves & symbolism. It was a fascinating insight into empathy through symbolic coding that Christina has been translating into tap dance and rhythm.
Anna Winstanley brought her graphic novel (in a double sense of the word!) called Penis the Musical, full of drawn sexual puns. Anna brought her training in psychosexuality to her work which was comical on the surface, but also explored serious subjects of sexual abuse and our relationship to sexuality. We talked about how to edit the book or sequence it, or how the amount of images could be put into a serial or chapters, and how they could be broken down into smaller books. Paloma mentioned Louise Bourgeois’ writings Destruction of the Father / Reconstruction of the Father as a reference.
Paloma Tendero shared new work exploring her relationship to living with polycistic kidney disease (PKD). Continuing her style of working with the body as a sculpture, Paloma has been working with egg packaging and her body in relation to having children. Looking at societal pressures, personal pressures at a time in one’s life where they should/could be considering being a mother.
Daniel Regan shared more work about his on-going grief process after losing his mother. Working on explorations of transformation, trying to process the idea of a person always being a part of you after they’ve gone. Taking recent inspiration from the film Out of Blue by working with ideas of stars, constellations, transformations, using sun prints, self-portraits and microscopic images of his grief tears. The work of Ida Nissen was mentioned, Philip Pullman and Almudena Romero’s chlorophyll prints.