Here are some of a plethora of prototypes, which were such a significant part of the creative process resulting in the creation of the piece Dragonfly-Imago. Currently on show at Circus Gallery, Marylebone High St, London.
It's always such a creative explosion to work on a music video with director Simon Owens.
The process usually begins with a telephone call where Simon suggests to me a totally-insanely-genius idea, I quickly get my notepad and pen and jot down initial thoughts on how the puppetry can be actuated, the ball starts truly rolling, momentum gathers a team is assembled and hey presto, next thing you know is that there is a brilliantly unique piece of music-video-art to view online!
The music vid for Spell was no exception, I coordinated a great team of puppeteers; Chloe Purcell and Oliver Hymans and the result speaks for itself.
My favourite section is when the man gets deposited in the drawer by the sheet/duvet ensemble, this idea seemed even at the last minute on set too complex technically to pull off but wow it worked a treat.
I love how raw this video is and look forward to next time the telephone rings and Simon is on the other end!!
This exhibition is the culmination of a journey into the heart of the dragonfly.
Dragonfly - Imago can be viewed and interacted with, and the process toward its creation can be experienced in prototypes, drawings and watercolours.
22 May - 21 November 2019
58 Marylebone High Street
Thank you to the team at Circus, in particular Bonnie and Eloise, for such an enjoyable collaboration.
Butterfly Prototype #5 (2016)
Circus is 21
An exhibition of 21 artist’s works, Circus Gallery, Marylebone High Street, London.
16 January - 11 April 2019
This piece is a study of the form and movement of the flight of the butterfly, the culmination of two years study and observation.
It marks a significant point within the three year long creative process culminating in Puppet Flutter/Flight is a Waltz (2017) and leading onto the development of Dragonfly Imago which will be the focal point of a solo show at Circus Gallery in May 2019.
It is a significant part of a metamorphosis in my creative practice which was put into full swing in 2014 on meeting Dominic Harris and initiating our collaborative butterfly project.
Previous to 2014 my puppet design and making was mainly centred on the creation of puppets in direct response to a theatrical production requirement.
I had a tremendous desire to be free to immerse myself within a specific movement and form study for a period of time sufficient to uncover intricacies and detail not possible within the short to medium timeframe common in theatre production.
As with any fundamental alteration in direction it carried a huge degree of risk and was in many ways a leap into the unknown.
The beautiful, marvellous, wonderful unknown!
I want to thank those who have been such a support to me through this often-times tempestuous process;
Rahel for continuously being there
Dominic, a creative visionary
Mark, such a friend
Tim and Lee, my closest creative shoulders to lean on
My amazing family who are geographically far but so close
Slavka, a kindred creative spirit
Lynda, incredible introductions and connections
Alex, capturing on camera
Pete for simply being!
and plenty more of you
A big thanks to Dilys, Eloise and Bonnie at Circus for including Butterfly Prototype #5 in the Circus is 21 exhibition and collaborating with me on the future presentation of the Dragonfly Imago piece at Circus Gallery in May 2019.
My Studio is located within, and I am creatively based in vibrant, dynamic, awesome Tottenham!
So it is a total honour to be featured in this wonderful local magazine.
Finding above me
central this body
so beyond mine physically that
by this inflatable rendered incongruous
I effect and alter through body movement and lever articulation
then related from my own centre
through this metamorphosis
a sea of people
a sea of liquid
all is liquid
and so through I float
My senses aware
squeals of delight
frenetic child movements
individuals and collective
feelings of joy
I am this slow moving body which feels and responds
from a body other than mine
outer from me
I am inflated into this form which I animate.
Ocho the giant inflatable octopus puppet is the the work of the brilliant Tim Davies.
Occupying myself with painting in watercolours when faced with complex mechanical problem solving.
Perhaps a bit like heading off for a relaxing and enjoyable stroll in the opposite direction to the goal.
Reflections along the way allow fluid manifestations of flight and its expression through colour and flow.
From out of this reprieve solutions form.