To Do Nothing


A textile piece for the upcoming exhibition ‘Wallpaper Man’ with the William Morris Society and Storybox Collective. The quilt depicts a quote from Morris from over 150 years ago, demonstrating how he predicted the unsustainable nature of capitalism and the climate emergency we find ourselves in today. ‘Blanketing’ is a traditional ceremony held by certain indigenous communities, whereby a quilt is placed over an individual as a sign of respect and forgiveness. The term ‘to blanket’ also means to cover up, to stifle, and to affect everyone (as in ‘blanket term’). This bears relevance to our complacency in this climate crisis – we have known about this for so long and yet have not changed and are reluctant to do so. The pattern on the quilt forms ‘X’ shapes and hourglasses in William Morris fabric, referencing protest, Extinction Rebellion, and how so much time has passed and the clock is ticking. In this way, the quilt links the past, present, and future, as the quilt hangs open in the exhibition space; waiting for change to come and someone to forgive.




Returning [Citizen]


An ongoing exploration into the role of the arts in the rehabilitation of people who have experienced the prison system. The project’s current form is a reader (collating articles, interviews, poetry, radio transcripts, and more) that through informing the public aim to challenge the persisting negative connotations attached to people with convictions that do not make the rehabilitative process any easier. Public installation and website to come.


Contributions from Edmund Clark, Erika Flowers, Lady Unchained.





No Deal Breakfast


Boris Johnson’s aides admitted that they aimed the date of the October 2019 general election to restrict the student vote. The No Deal Breakfast is a touring dinner party encouraging students to register to vote. The menu consists of student-favourite foods that will rise in price if we leave the EU without a deal, demonstrating how even the most staple foods will become luxuries. Facts on the plates and prompts on the table cloth promote active and informed discussion about Brexit, helping the participants to engage with current affairs. In doing so, students can see how they will be directly affected by these changes, and know that their vote counts.


In collaboration with Yas Henry, Flora Penn, Latifa Powell, Darcey Knibbs, Jake Doran-Robinson, and Jasmine Kelly.





ALLOT


ALLOT is a government-issued scheme, introducing radical changes to daily life to combat the unprecedented overpopulation of cities in 2050, which has made food, water and space scarce. All green spaces have been eradicated as ‘unnecessary’, and been replaced with high-rise tower blocks which accommodate everyone. Residents are responsible for their own food systems – each floor of a block grows different vegetables, which are given to the communal kitchen when ready. Communal eating eradicates the waste of space that private kitchens and dining rooms entail. Individual vegetable patches supplied to the residents double up as furniture for space efficiency. The vegetables themselves are genetically engineered to grow from seed to full size in two weeks, and to grow into cubes – this ensures no space is wasted when stacked, and keeps the produce the same size and weight, preventing competition between the residents.


In collaboration with Ben Hopley and Meg Turvey.





Iris Murdoch: Collected Critcisms


A publication that collates and questions the judgements that famous writer Iris Murdoch was subjected to by the media, both during her life and after. The paper juxtaposes serious literary criticism with media commentary on her ‘unorthodox’ relationships and affairs. The clippings date from 1969—2019, illuminating the gender discrimination Murdoch faced as a successful female writer at the time, but also in more recent years. The publication also includes the images of Murdoch used in the papers, kept to scale to connote the nature of the article they belong to – from a headline image to a back page story. In placing these depictions under review, the document aims to reinstate Murdoch’s legacy where it is deserving, rather than where it has been unjustly directed.