Gray Loft Gallery
Ink, Fishing Line, Pastel, Paper, and Text
The one good thing about being shut in a coal-hole is that it prompts reflection.
Read on its own that is an absurd sentence. But as I try and understand how life works – and why some people cope better than others with adversity – I come back to something to do with saying yes to life, which is love of life, however inadequate, and love for the self, however found. Not in the me-first way that is the opposite of life and love, but with a salmon-like determination to swim upstream, however choppy upstream is, because this is your stream…
“Stream” was part of Inhabiting Space, a group show about how we occupy physical and mental environments. It represents a conversation between the artist and author Jeanette Winterson, whose writing appears on the far wall. The looping strands of fishing line are the “handwriting” of the artist, communicating in concrete terms her own understanding of what it means to immerse yourself in the stream of experience.