How was it for you? #NUNOproject

What NUNO has created – through it’s emphasis on people and relationships – is a warm hug. Soon I will be asking the artists on the Arts Council England (ACE) funded Neither Use Nor Ornament (NUNO) project, how was it for you? I have to do this as part of my evaluation process, but I’mContinue reading “How was it for you? #NUNOproject”

Adventures in Object Art #MfOR

Like Hansel and Gretel before me I left some breadcrumbs, but still I’m rather awestruck that I could have missed working my way back to this somewhat seminal moment in the evolution of a project called The Museum for Object Research. 

The art of autistic self-hood

(Uncertain Weather System in Place, 2016)   As there seems to be no specific aftercare following my diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome, I’m quite busy working things out for myself. Fortunately for me this is one of my autistic strengths. But specialist services would make a huge difference to my life. So going it alone isContinue reading “The art of autistic self-hood”

Reflections on the birthday ritual and autism.

(Dirt Cups 2014, my homage to Meret Oppenheim’s 1936. Fur-covered cup, saucer, and spoon) It can be hard to strike the right birthday note. This post is about alternatives in the all pervasive social narrative of what makes for a happy birthday. While this dominance is unintentional, nonetheless it carries a potentially damaging myth about whatContinue reading “Reflections on the birthday ritual and autism.”

Making it through.

My last post was about waiting for Arts Council England (ACE) to make a decision on my project. Funding from public money in the arts is limited and brings a great responsibility to the recipient. So I feel incredibly fortunate to have been awarded funding under the Grants for the Arts scheme, and will give myContinue reading “Making it through.”

Uncertain Weather System in Place: autism, stigma and metaphor

I have a new piece of work. I have a new metaphor. I have a new dance with stigma. Thoughts swirl. Light on shadow, and shadow on light. I have courage and I am scared. I have privilege and choice.  New work takes time to absorb. I am almost six weeks into knowing that I amContinue reading “Uncertain Weather System in Place: autism, stigma and metaphor”

The psychic vibration of the object…

    Objects found today which speak…With all the forms I use as an artist I sometimes forget that the principle source of my inspiration is object work. No matter what I do it all springs from the objects around me and, of course, the ghosts of the past echoing through them. Today was anContinue reading “The psychic vibration of the object…”