Last week was amazing. The new piece I found myself making for the Table of Elements exhibition at relatively short notice ended up working surprisingly well. The exhibition itself was an opportunity to exhibit with two artists whose work I admire – Helen Lindon and Joanna Jones – and in the related workshop to explore new aspects of collaboration through the making of a painting using a process that was only possible through joint action. This was, in part, due to the size of the paper we worked on. Folding the paper, for example, in the way that we did, could not have worked had there not been four of us.
My piece, Inherited (above) is an installation of paper cut-outs, using found atlas pages, of Straits Chinese porcelain and Chinese export ware from cargo shipwrecked in the Malacca Straits. The work references autobiographical elements as well asideas about diaspora, migration, the sea.
More here about the piece and more here about the whole programme including a curated conversation and the production of the collaborative painting in response to the rainy weather – using the rain as an element of the painting.