JOURNAL

By christinaillenapeake, Oct 18 2018 03:46PM

I loved Frieze Masters! For my practice being able to see so many pieces from cultures all over the world to ancient civilisations had my head spinning with ideas and fascination. I think the aspect that fascinates me the most is how contemporary these pieces look. Yes they maybe museum quality pieces but the aesthetic quality of them I find astonishing. There were Egyptian vases and bowls and I wondered for the life of me how it is possible to carve these pieces out of slabs of rock. The technology and dedication to their respective cultures and in many cases aspects of devotion are beyond remarkable. There were quite alot of war clubs that I saw. I remember looking at these things thinking 1. they are beautiful but 2. how many heads have been bashed in by these things? If tested would you find blood residue? There was a throwing club that I assume was lobbed through the air to take you out. Jesus that thing was solid. And that was your coller bone or hip gone!


I uploaded images of the Peruvian stand that had amazing tunics and textiles that they exhibited beautifully as artworks in their own right. Indian miniatures and the Haitain artworks from the Gallery of Everything that I still need to see the rest of the work at their gallery in Marlybone. Haiti is a country I would love to visit and run a project there. The history is remarkable. The only successful slave rebellion in history took plae their that was a key work by C. L. R. James, prolific Caribbean writer, titled 'The Black Jacobins' (1938) who wrote Beyond a Boundary (1963) another on the reading list. I mean every European superpower of the age tried to jump that tiny island but they said non in no uncertain terms.


I also visited the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair at Somerset House. I was knackered by that point but again alot of really interesting pieces. There was this set of paintings that looked like cave paintings and the artist had used natural pigments. I have reading quite alot about cave paintings and the conversation surrounding their production and the consumption of psychedelics and it is a fascinating read. The more I read about these drugs and their effects especially the treatments of mental illnesses such as PTSD is heartwarming from my point. I've had PTSD and it took a long time to recover from it, over a year in fact as I dealt with the trauma through counselling.


I usually can feel quite intimidated when going to galleries and seeing work as I want to be as strong as the work that bowls me over in the space but I came away this year just buzzing with ideas and proud that this is my profession and thinking where do you want to go next Mama?


By christinaillenapeake, Sep 27 2018 04:01PM

Porthminster Beach
Porthminster Beach
Portminster Beach
Portminster Beach
Seaweed in the shallows
Seaweed in the shallows
Porthgwidden beach (Tiny bay)
Porthgwidden beach (Tiny bay)
Portmeor beach at sunset
Portmeor beach at sunset
Some beautiful galleries particulary paintings, print and ceramics
Some beautiful galleries particulary paintings, print and ceramics
Ceramics
Ceramics
Pair of Igbo statues
Pair of Igbo statues
Benin bronzes
Benin bronzes
Sufer dudes
Sufer dudes
Blissed out from paddle boarding
Blissed out from paddle boarding

I have been to St. Ives twice this summer. The first time the weather was beautiful. The second not so much but I fell in love with the place. I hadn't visited since I was a teenager and stayed at the castle. Found a lovely lady to stay with who makes the place feel like home from home. Seafood was amazing. think this has become the bolt hole now when we need to get away.


Lots of art and beautiful things but loved the beaches and paddle boarding everyday. I am not a surfer but seeing the kids on a Saturday morning flipped the heart. Just visit on a good day though. The weather's hard when hellish as it always is by the coast.

By christinaillenapeake, Jul 31 2018 01:46PM

This month saw the end of my residency at the Women at the Well charity. The blanket below was the final outcome of the WATW Suffragette blanket project. The ladies came up with the project idea to replicate the blanket created at Holloway prison by the suffragettes for the WATW charity. We created fabric squares and then each square was decorated in whatever manner the participant chose. We also added embroidery created by the Sisters that support the work there then sew the squares together by hand and then wadding added to give quilted quality. The blanket is to be exhibited as wall hanging.


I have also added a couple more images from my visual diary. Working at WATW was a challenging and rewarding experience and their were many lessons that I learnt along the way from safeguarding to designing projects that are both low and high engagement impact with the audience so that you can adapt the work depending on the individual.


It also amazes me the amount of time people are able to donate to volunteer to support projects. Over the years I have volunteered on a number of projects from converting an old steam boat into a gallery and education space to supporting building homes or reclaiming urban spaces. Living in London there are so many projects to choose from if you are interested and if my commitments had been different at the moment I would have liked to continue to support WATW but I will definately stay in touch and look forward the Volunteers' Summer Party in a couple months.


Over the next few months I will now be creating a series of four artworks born out of the experience and running projects with the charity and practice research. The series will take the form of reimaging a set of four gold weights (or sculptures in this instance) that were used to measure gold dust in the historic African kingdoms as a form of currency. These gold weights dependent on the culture could be devices to balance mental health to respositorites for the ancesters who could then guide negotiations in favour of the family. The statues' forms would range from animals, to folklore, popular characters or senior figures in society and could fit in the hand. Passed down from generation to generation they were talismans for the individual and and family. I hope this set will reflect and elevate the community I have come to know over the last year.


Stomach pump
Stomach pump
Sepsis
Sepsis
Self Portrait - Exhausted
Self Portrait - Exhausted

By christinaillenapeake, Apr 24 2018 06:03AM

Project poster
Project poster
Squares created by the ladies in the process of being sewn together.
Squares created by the ladies in the process of being sewn together.
Journal - The dream of the EU blue book passport
Journal - The dream of the EU blue book passport
Journal - Hard. Looking through the concrete.
Journal - Hard. Looking through the concrete.
Journal - Lithium. The manic depressive leveller if you can ride it.
Journal - Lithium. The manic depressive leveller if you can ride it.
Journal - Salad cream on jacket potatoe.
Journal - Salad cream on jacket potatoe.
Journal - Manic hero on aid run.
Journal - Manic hero on aid run.
Gold weights - Designs for residency work series sculptures.
Gold weights - Designs for residency work series sculptures.

Over the last couple of months the ladies, volunteers and sisters have been marking their squares and now I am in the process of sewing them together to create the blanket. I have incorporated an embroidery piece that a sister had created some years previously I believe. I think the blanket is going to make a great wall hanging and will incorporate through very simple embroidery more of the suffragette colours of white, purple and green into the work.


The ladies have suggested exhibiting the work and I think this is a great idea to incorporate the work that we have done and in general the experience over the last year so I am thinking what is the right space as I am not sure what would be accessible for everyone.


Although I cant post my field notes I think the visual journal gives insight in to the experience that this residency has been to date. It has been very difficult in recent months juggling childcare commitments and attending sessions but these are challenges of being a mother and an artist and working with a womens' charity there is alot of understanding from the staff on this.


The 'Predation' book is coming along and the next sketchbook will follow up on that development and also some the amazing work I have seen over the last month.


I have also been watching or listening to a great series of lectures on the biblical stories by Jordan Peterson and I think this summer when I have finished I may write up my lessons from the series. Considering each lecture appears to be about two and a half hours each time I will make this as succint as possible.


I am addicted to podcasts at the moment especially as I can just chill working while taking in subject and learning about some crazy projects and aspirations that people have like Boyan Slat who proposes to clear the plastic from the oceans by 2040 or something nuts and turn the refuse in commercial products. The man is a genius and the focus that he approaches his work with is laser like. During the podcast Joe Rogan asked him if he has other ideas and he said that he will concentrate only on this one until completion. I always have a couple of projects going and then thinking of where I am going for the next as I get bored quickly but then this is a world altering idea with so many aspects to it that it assimilates a lifetime of projects for the average person. Some humans arre working on another level and always havee done and its amazing to see them do it.


Happy hunting guys.

By christinaillenapeake, Feb 14 2018 08:51PM

Christmas carnival decorations - Festive palm trees.
Christmas carnival decorations - Festive palm trees.
Memory maps of the sessions in the drop in centre.
Memory maps of the sessions in the drop in centre.
Memory map of drop in session.
Memory map of drop in session.
Bustle skirt for Christmas carnival
Bustle skirt for Christmas carnival
These bustle skirt costumes could be easily tied over clothes.
These bustle skirt costumes could be easily tied over clothes.
Hats made for carnival
Hats made for carnival
With cord, ribbon or strips that fell down the back to waist.
With cord, ribbon or strips that fell down the back to waist.
Lace, fluffy material and gold brocade.
Lace, fluffy material and gold brocade.
Sketches for residency work based on African Gold Weights - 'Crossed Fists'
Sketches for residency work based on African Gold Weights - 'Crossed Fists'
'Crossed Ankles'.
'Crossed Ankles'.

This residency has been one of the most challenging in regards to creating projects that appeal to the clients at the charity and the creation of work itself. After each session I write up my thoughts and reflections of the day.


On hearing these stories you try to recontextualise your experience to understand and empathise with those that are telling it but with many in these instances the truth is that I cannot understand in anyway, not truly and I am honest and open about that failing. Then on the train home I thank those that stand above us that I dont understand, that my experience has no relative instance and then on the other I find it stomach churning that someone can identity as it is their story. Saying that my experiences have made people wince and on leaving our conversation thanking the stars my story wasn't their tale.


I can't change that experience but I do hope that the space created when running projects provides a warm place and possibly respite in the act of creation. For me art not only serves that purpose but pushes further to purge through the act of story telling whether that is my own or trying to understand others. For example, 'White Stag seen in Borno', that miniature that was associated with loved ones and sweethearts was a commemoration of those that basically disappeared, taken and still not found although several of the original girls were found. That in itself still today baffles me, that this can happen and what could that experience possibly be like? There were stories of them being married off to soldiers in the Boko Haram unit that took them. That they are wives of those that stole them, that twisted line of fate? What their families think and how they may mourn their loss and hope for their return? How to make sense of such accounts, that they are real.


For that image I tried to realise her as a warrior, one that would have to realise her own rescue or freedom is possible as after a while the motivation for authorities to do so fades away. They were that 'white stag' of medieval fame that creature that could never be caught or found and became a mythological token of the hunt. There is probably so much that surrounds that story making it darker than I could ever imagine. The truly scary thing is how dark can dark be?

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