A 360 Video installation. The audience is invited to enter the 360 space. This space is created using the left over space of a workshop run by Melissa Mostyn (Statements in Semaphore project), with survivors of domestic violence. The audience can look around the 360 space and may glimpse text appearing and disappearing throughout the film. The text is a combination of words from survivors and from found words in Prison reports about suffragette prisoners found in the National Archives.
A short film reel of works made during Statements in Semaphore 2018, including collaborations with Melissa Mostyn and Barbara Touati-Evans.
A film. The Artist combines images of clothing donated to the project 'Clothing Exchange, 2018' with text taken solely from song lyrics. This work was shown as part of an installation using a large screen surrounded by the lyrics, all shown using cut-out newspaper/magazine letters, strewn across the desk and floor surrounding the screen. The viewer is invited to sit and watch/listen to the film with a chair and headphones.
A clothing exchange. The Artist invited audience members to exchange something they could give/offer in order to take away a piece of clothing. Some people exchanged the clothes from their back, others offered a song or a dance, a piece of information or a drawing. Sweets from London fashion week and poems. The clothing exchange initially took place at Platform 1 gallery on Wandsworth Common Train Station, and then went to the Princes Hall in Aldershot. (Both formed part of 'A Series of Events' from Statements in Semaphore 2018)
A performance by Susan Merrick and Barbara Touati-Evans. This piece came out of a collaboration between the two Artists during their work together on Susan's projecet Statements in Semaphore 2018. The piece was initially created for the DAW takeover at Leyden Gallery 2018. Re-developed for a public unoffical performance in Aldershot and shown as a large scale projected film as part of A Series of Events- Part 2. Photo Credit (image 2-4): Gabi Saker
A public installation of twenty five banners placed outside the IOE in London as part of the FiLiArt exhibition 2017. As FiLiA Artist in resident this was one of the works I created in response to my project Statements in Semaphore. Each image is a digitally manipulated photograph of one of the women I worked with during the project. The photographs shw the women signalling in semaphore the letters for the sentence Twelve Days of Conversations. The project took place over twelve months and incorporated twelve days of workshops with women, focusing on providing safe creative spaces where women's dialogue could emerge. Photo Credit (image 2): Susan Guest
Live stream recordings of live actions at the ex-Holloway prison site. The artist spent time over 2016 and 2017 looking at reports from Suffragetes in Holloway and then women prisoners now who were previously held at Holloway. After this research the artist performed several live actions at the site over a period of two days. These included photographing and filming parts of the site, reading poetry from the women to the gate. Signalling and signing words from the women to the prison and finally leaving a t-shirt from the women, with messages on at the site.
Collaborative performances with Angela Alexander-Lloyd at Kunsthal 45, Den Helder, Netherlands. Listen 1 - The artist signalled using semaphore to the sea, from the top of Den Helders large Dike, wrapped in navel semaphore flags from Den Helder itself. Listen 2 - The artist performed a poem in sign language repetitively from the dike towards the town of Den Helder. The two works were the final part of a triptic of work produced by Angela Alexander-Lloyd as part of her residency at Kunsthal 45. She invites Susan Merrick to join her for the final element, the performances. The performances were conceptualised and performed by Susan Merrick with the creative input of Anglea and her work. Photo Credits: Angela Alexander Lloyd and Douglas Alexander (Images 2-4)
Single channel film Made from a live action by the artist created at Platform 1 gallery whilst in residence there over July 2017
Projected footage of women's workshops from the artist's Statements in Semaphore into bright spaces/outside spaces. The artist intervenes with the projection to both show and distort the images projected. Photo Credit: Leyden Gallery
This was produced as part of the 2017 stage of the Statements in Semaphore project that I ran as Resident Artist of FiLiA 2017. Part funded by public funding from Arts Council England it was a year long project based in socially engaged practice. Working with organisations that support women, I ran a series of workshops for female participants, run by myself and other artists. We explored themes around women, language and power and developed work in response to these discussions. I developed my own practice and series of works alongside and within this. All the work produced throughout the project by participants and myself were exhibited at the end of 2017 along with documentation of the process. SEMAPHORE ALPHABET SERIES The theme of Semaphore and visual language has continued to be present in my work and the first piece of work that I developed for this project was a photographic series displaying the semaphore alphabet. I created a series of images of women that I met in both my local community and in the Art World and asked them to stand in semaphore poses. These then formed an alphabet that I used to project or display invisible but visible words, phrases and messages to the public.
Whilst part of Mother House London I collaborated on two pieces of work. SHOE POLISH, GLASS AND SPIT (2016) Shoe Polish, Spit and Glass is a durational collaborative performance between Amy Dignam, Dyana Gravina and myself based on a previous performance by Amy Dignam called ‘Peas in a Bucket’. The three artists spend six hours cleaning and smearing the same piece of glass, a reflective and physical exploration into the relentless tasks that accompany being a parent. This work also brought up discussion of what is seen/unseen about parenthood and motherhood. what goes on social media and what is hidden. The film captured mainly on mobile phones captures this and the glass being within a frame adds another element to this aspect too. BODY IN TRANSLATION (2016) Body in Translation is a short series of filmed performances in which i attempt to translate Dyana Gravina's dance, into Sign language. The ultimate failure of such an attempt was an interesting reference to the ultimate failure, and necessity of this failure in all translations for them to 'exist'. (Derrida)
Online shop inspired by the language found and used in the In Our Minds project. Labels for women, past and present, perpetuate in contemporary society. I embrace this and employ the idea of mass online shopping, sales exploiting too the commodification of Art and women in doing so?
Taking the words that I used in the In Our Minds Project film I also created this film of a spoof shopping trip in which i collect items from around the supermarket that i have translated from the words on the list.
Part of a group of six Artists we each worked with the National Archives to respond to some of their documents on mental health. STATEMENTS IN SEMAPHORE -Film (2016) My response took the form of a filmed performance 'Statements in Semaphore' 2016 in which I signalled several words found repeatedly in the reports using semaphore to those entering and leaving the archive building in Kew. The words were from suffragette prison records that included information about the prisoners behaviour, nature and response to force feeding. This work for me was an opportunity to question the perpetuation of the invisibility of female voices within government archives and therefore within written history.
A blog collecting and posting images of second hand clothing bought, given and worn by the artist and others. A consideration of working class in 2016. This work came out of the Building A Better World creative residency that I took part in with bookRooms and Stefan Sczcelkun in 2016. Photo Credit: Cate Field
A multi-screen video installation of 8 short film clips. Each clip features the artist translating a quote or troll tweet about women into sign language. A piece exploring social expectations of language and the nature of obfuscation with relation to translation.
I was commissioned to create the official music video for the Artist The Glass Child. This video was then successfully entered into the NOA 2015 in which it was included on their online gallery. It was my first use of animation.
Initially this work started as a street Art piece. I created a female nude outside Boots in guildford using only toiletries and cosmetics. This was in response to the newspaper articles at the time discussing warnings for pregnant women and skin care use. I wanted to ask the wider question of what we put on our skin and why. It led to a month long daily blog in which I went make-up and skin product free for a month. The blog attracted some attention including from the make-up museum in New York. I covered discussions on capitalism, gender expectations, self esteem, the history of cosmetics and more. Find the blog here on this website from 2014. This piece was filmed by Ashley Meneely who edited the video using music I was given permission to use by The Glass Child.