NEW HOPE NEW BEGINNINGS was originally going to be an Easter community engagement project, creating multiple soft personalised rings as a symbol of unity and shared endeavour, focusing on what 'hope' means to us as a community and as individuals (to counter the negativity and division fostered by events in 2016).
Once I started playing with materials, and reflecting on past practice, I realised that really I wanted to just make art of my own for a change and step back from engagement. Claim a space for creative analysis and play (without any brief or funding criteria!).
I have been developing proposals for a new body of work that will bring together key elements that I've used throughout my work (rather like devising a recipe), combining materials (hard/soft, transparent/perforated, textured/marked) in a process of layering using geometric forms. I aim to document the process photographically and hopefully work towards creating some relief panels, developing a new language that I can take into every aspect of my working practice, from public art to corporate commissions.
So here we start ...