July: Walking on Sunshine

Walking on Sunshine 

For Playthings in Nelson I made Walking on Sunshine, five pairs of tin can stilts

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When I was at high school I thought that to be an artist you had to look the part – tall, obviously, and enigmatic

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I got over that, as you can see, BUT when I recently met an idol of mine their first words were: I thought you’d be taller…It turns out  I’m easily cast back to wishing I was more.. willowy

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The intention of Walking on Sunshine was that exhibition visitors would get to stride around on stilts and experience the benefits of walking tall – how our body language can increase our confidence, and how moving more confidently – long steps, making a noise – sends a message that can change our outcomes (we’re less likely to be threatened in the street, for instance)

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the Play aspect was important; wanted to offer a fun experience. I remember my first ever time on tin can stilts – at Brownies, so I was perhaps 7. For an unco child – The Joy – of being able to do it!

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Interestingly though, the curator’s essay on the show refers to the piece as “altering our body’s movement and hence bringing into play that other aspect of jewellery: its relationship to the body “ by “awkwardly moving around,.”

Awkwardness is absolutely not the intention of the piece – though it was fine for the Playthings context.

 

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