Place and Memory- Paper Cutting

May 20, 2014

The book launch provided another opportunity to create an accompanying exhibition- restaging old works and creating some new. The previous exhibition venue, Trinity Church, was a wonderful place to hang and make art however it was a challenging to fill such a large space and also great care had to be taken not to damage the building. This restricts traditional hanging somewhat, so I was keen to see how our work would look in a  more flexible venue.

 

Since the last show I've been working more with paper, designing larger and more intricate paper cuttings. I've made 'Home is Where the Park Is' specifically for the show, and it fairly encapusulates the importance of Woodhouse Moor to the community. It is busy all year round, many of the students that live in the area walk through it everyday to university, however in Summer it comes into it's own. It must be one of the most well used parks in Leeds, packed as it is with the playground, tennis courts, basketball courts, skatepark, allotments and grassy hills. To one side the John Peele statue faces Hyde Park Corner, the social hub full of independent cafes and shops. On another side the famous Duke of Wellington statue stands in his his fancy painted red boots- the result of a prank years ago, now a much loved icon for the area. It's not the fanciest or prettiest of parks but it is busy and well loved. 

 

    

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