Artist in Residency at The Walton Centre- part of The Bluecoat Display Centre -Outreach Programme
In March I was chosen by The Bluecoat Display Centre and the Walton Centre to be the Artist in Residence for 2017 , based at the Walton, Fazakerley, Liverpool for 8 weeks. I will be running a series of sixteen workshops, working with neurological rehabilitation patients and groups of outpatients. The project will culminate in creating a piece of glass art informed and inspired by my time at the centre, which will be on permanent display within the hospital.
The project aims to engage the patients in a variety of media- 2d and 3d, including various forms of print and alternative ways of drawings. Inspiration will be drawn from natural structures and forms in plant and human biology.
My current glasswork is inspired by the form, structure and detail of trees and plants, layering these and creating the illusion of depth. As I have researched information and imagery for this project I have started to find the similarities of the morphology of plants and that of brain cells and human biology really fascinating.
We will be looking at the scientist Santiago Ramón y Cajal who produced the earliest accurate drawings of brain cells. Theses drawings were revolutionary in their understanding of brain cell structure, yet take away their scientific meaning and they are rich, beautiful drawings constructed of pattern, line, intricate shapes and detail.
Dendritic formations (multi-branching tree-like forms) which can be found in throughout nature- from microscopic cells in human biology to crystal formations and large river systems in the natural world.
These fascinating images and ideas will be used as inspiration for the patients who take part in my workshops but also are starting to formulate ideas for my final artwork. I want the patient’s words, marks and drawings to directly influence the final artwork.
I held the first session today- a taster session in which we used Quink ink, bleach and pastels. It was only a short session but we had some engaging discussions and the work created was fantastic. I feel incredibly stimulated and inspired by the project and the people I met. I am very much looking forward to running the workshops and am bubbling with ideas already for the final artwork. Exciting times…