On Saturday I took down my last remaining piece - a huge Tongue sculpture - from the Cells. Town Hall Arts had kindly allowed me to extend my residency for a few weeks so that I could stagger the process of de-installation.
My solo exhibition in the Cells at Town Hall Arts, ‘Offenders’ (9-31 May) was the culmination of an art residency there in April. The incredible atmospheric basement holding cells date back to the Victorian era, historically used for suspected offenders (the grand magistrates court is on the floor above). If convicted, prisoners would usually be sent to Shepton Mallet Prison. My work responded to the site while confronting some world environmental horrors we are facing - factory-farming, plastic oceans, animal extinctions. It posed a question ‘are we all offenders given the state of our world?’ The labour-intensive process of my work - weaving, wrapping, sewing - is a form of suturing, a cathartic attempt to repair in response to world destruction. Ironically, it was such a pleasure to be given free rein in the Cells by Town Hall Arts, so I could test out new ideas and take risks.