I originally dreamt up the idea of 'Translations' during the Lockdown. I wanted to be of service somehow as well as keep up my artistic practice. I invite people to trust and share their emotions & experiences. As they speak, I translate what I'm hearing pen direct to paper, creating a piece of abstract art that is unique and personal to them which I photograph immediately and send to them via whattsapp or email. I also explain their translation either on the phone or in person at my art studio in Church Street or at other venues. I want to do translations for as wide a range of people and cultures, as will trust me to translate their lives in this way. I also want to do live performances of the process and take this personally into schools, care homes and in to the wider communities in order to teach more individuals carers and teachers how they can utilize the translations for it's thereputic and artistic values. I have videos on my website showing the process, with more being made.
What we'll deliver:
- Interact within the Church St Community in order to take Translations and create artwork
- Translations for ten people from the Church St community
- Live performances where the audiences can interact and learn how to do it for themselves
- Film some of the translations for a documentary
- Saturate the paintings to make them print-ready for a book
Why it's a great idea:
People feel heard having gone through lockdown . It has already brought solace to a number of individuals sharing feelings and experiences with me. Stories I translate vary from berievement to births, from loving homes to abusive ones. The project is completely inclusive, with every person feeling safe and secure in the knowledge that whatever they share with me is as anonymous as they wish. Every sector from the Church Street community, able or disabled different cultures and backgrounds, young and old can benefit. The process can be learnt by many and ripple into a wider community of friends and family. Participant become a part of an artistic project. Every viewer more knowledgable in how this programme is helpful. I myself have found it incredibly cathartic and helpful when creating a piece for myself. I am happy to teach this as a way of giving back and in turn have people do the same. One to one or through a larger audience at St Pauls Church Rossmore Road & Church St Library.
Steps to get it done:
- I will buy the materials I need, paper, canvas, and paints
- I will do ten translations for ten residents from Church St Community.
- I will arrange times and venues that are conveiniant to the participants.
- If given permission to film any of the translations, these will be added to the documentary I am making.
- Every participant recieves a copy of their Translation
- For every translation a credit will be given in any book or documentary I make.
- I will put on a live performance of translation where audience can participate at Church St Library and St Pauls Church
I recieved funding from Pimlico Millions for my translation project within the pimlico community, some of which centered around how covid had effected peoples lives and also the hopes and dreams they had for the future. Open Age have also contacted me, and on the 18th I have two hours work doing lnteractive live performance at the New Horizons Open Age in Chelsea. I was invited by Sody MEWS to spend 3 hours with the ladies which was very successful. On the 1st Oct I have agreed to do three seperate hour performances at Church St Library. I was hired by Westminster Council for two hours at Ebury Edge iin Pimlico where they had a fun day. I have spoken with Westminster Gangs unit who have shown interest as well as Penfold Community Hub who may if covid allows have me in. People so warm to the idea as they can see what a nice project this is. Bringing awareness, compfort, understanding and a sense of solidarity. Empathy and tools that go along way in todays climate. Lets make it Work !