C U R R E N T P R O J E C T S
I am thrilled that the Arts Council of Wales are supporting me to make a film about my creative practice this Autumn. This is made possible through the Stabilisation Fund, helping artists to sustain their practice. I will be collaborating with Siôn Marshall-Waters, Acouchristo (Chris Young) and Rufus Mufasa, to follow the story of my journey, with particular reference to Alarch. I have been performing Alarch over the last 3 years, most recently in Japan and Siberia and have exhibited the accompanying land art series in the UK. I always hold a Q&A after (with translators, when necessary), to open up dialogue about child loss and the performance itself. It continues to be a very important opportunity for sharing responses to a life experience that affects so many of us. The performance is non verbal, but filled with song. Each performance changes, in response to environment and audience.
2020 began with some exciting projects in store, many of which have remained on the shelf until next year: creating performances at Bryn Celli Ddu (Anglesey) with Cadw, teaching in the Altai mountains (Siberia), collaborating, exhibiting and performing in Japan.
The year was welcomed in with a group exhibition at Nevill Hall Hospital, Abergavenny, showing a selection of my photographs from The Herd of Winds project in Siberia, following the creation of over 300 life-sized horses galloping across frozen Lake Baikal. In Spring, together with a diverse group of artists, I exhibited photographs from the series Alarch and gave a presentation of my artistic practice of paper land art, for PLACEing Objects at spudWORKS in the New Forest, England. I have a permanent exhibition of Alarch at The Melville Centre for the Arts, Abergavenny.
The Spring Equinox was heralded in with the creation of an ice labyrinth in the middle of Lake Baikal. I continued my collaboration with LabirintLab in Siberia during March, creating, performing and photographing the process.
March also saw the abrupt culmination of an eight month project with the diverse ability Blodeuo Project, at The Melville Centre for the Arts in Abergavenny. We were sadly unable to perform the devised piece Haraka Baraka, a weaving of personal stories, site responsive theatre and established Welsh stories. This was generously supported by the Arts Council of Wales.
My collaboration with Japanese paper artist, Keiichi Hibino, has been postponed until next year. I am excited at the possibility of exploring this new performance project, the seeds of which were planted in 2019, during the Welsh Government Trade Mission to Japan. I was delighted to be one of four artists to be chosen to represent Wales in Japan. Next year will also include my attendance at the International Paper Art Congress in Toyota.
I was invited to be an artist in residence with Cadw at Bryn Celli Ddu, a neolithic burial chamber on Anglesey, in June, which was cancelled. I used the 2-week period to research, write and create a paper costume, in preparation for my return to Môn Mam Cymru (Mon, Mother of Wales). I am very happy to be returning to work on this beautiful island, after my residency with National Theatre Wales in 2013.
My practice can be read about in detail in the publication
I have also written for FUTURE, the bulletin for the International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists (IAPMA) 2019 (https://iapma.info)
Currently, I cannot continue to teach workshops internationally, in clown and connection, nor to make weekly visits to children's hospitals in the UK. We are exploring digital platforms for alternative experiences in these areas.