Down to Earth is a series of site specific installations and low relief works exhibited at The Freespace Gallery
at Kentish Town Health Centre
The works were completed during an Artist's Residency from February - July 2016.
Continuous loops of coloured thread weave through the building in playful dialogue with the space. Rare events are re enacted and cosmic particles actually reach the infrastructure. The magneto-spheric plasma and solar wind of the northern lights seem to have come inside. Then, low relief abstract works in the main gallery use mixed media to explore the same themes alluding to other dimensions on a different scale. Imagined energy forms come “Down to Earth” and interact with the experience of the of some of the Health Centre Spaces The installations play with the dynamics of space and are in zippy dialogue with the apparent limits of sensory perception.
The work is a happy “ twist of fate”; since the artist herself is a retired GP and now returns to the place where she first trained some 30 years ago. But this time, she is working outside the medical model and uses intuition to resample the energy and to respond a fresh to the immediate environment of the Health Centre. Using craft techniques: sewing, weaving, crochet, lace-making and even upholstery; cotton and recycled linen threads are wound directly into and onto the fabric of the building. The works interact and talk back to the architecture; refashioning the experience of some of the spaces.
Taking inspiration from geometry in nature, the magic of natural phenomena and wondering about the unexplained mysteries of the cosmos, the artist combines this with her own approach to holistic medicine as she responds intuitively and directly to the spaces of the Health Centre. The installations are intended to transform and release the otherwise unseen energy that has been carefully traced out and conserved in the process of making. The work is really time intensive and of course “the devil is in the tension.” The energy is certainly returned to the environment in some form of renewal and even a release created by a potential twinkle in conscious state.
Perhaps the project suggests that unconscious absorption of environmental energy is actually an intrinsic healing capacity and that this response makes a significant contribution to contemporary ideas of wellbeing. It is for good reason that here what seems to come from above can be perceived as coming .................. ‘Down to Earth.”