This project first started 2 years ago with a conversation between myself and my very good friend Zara Carpenter. Since then we had Rikard Österlund and Xtina Lamb join us to help shape and complete our vision. We were awarded funding by Arts Council England with extra support from Medway Council.
I was the project’s curator as well as one of the 14 exhibiting artists. I submitted two pieces – a large wall painting called ‘Lux Lisbon‘ based on the movie ‘The Virgin Suicides‘ by Sofia Coppola and a group of sculptured heads that I made in collaboration with Adam Newton. I also collaborated with Zara Carpenter on her work ‘Burdened‘; the heads with Adam and the sculpture with Zara are my first foray into 3d work as well as collaborating, both of which I really enjoyed and produced great results, so I fully intend to continue to explore both of those realms in the future.
The exhibition comes down in a few days time (it ran for 4 weeks) and the response has been amazing! We had about 300 people come to the private view which is pretty unprecedented for the venue and for any of the projects I’ve so far been involved with, it was really great to see so many people there, and the level of engagement was also really really high compared to usual. It wasn’t just friends and family turning up to show support, there were many people there none of us knew and everyone was just glued to the work and standing in groups discussing it deeply, which was really quite moving for me to see. The experience has been totally heartening.
We hope to tour the show to other venues around the UK, so that is the next job for this project, and there will probably be other things we do under the banner of Sick! too. For more info you can check out the project blog at sickblog.co.uk