As current artist in residence at VARC I have been looking at mending, exploring broken things and the things which hold us together. I have a couple of ideas which I need help with: collecting materials and thoughts and ideas from you! There are 2 options…
1. Chilli and bowl in exchange for thoughts on place
You are invited to come and choose one of my handmade bowls and fill it with chilli at VARC on the 26th January at 12.30pm. You can take your bowl home with you in exchange for a love letter to place (Tarset).
After spending 3 months in Tarset I’m in love with the landscape, the way the fog in the morning seems to slide down the hill, I love the sheep who have gradually gotten less suspicious of me and the rabbits who have not. I walk up the hill and the sound of creaking branches and crows chatter away with me some days and others all you can hear is the wind trying to freeze your extremities. I would really like to hear what you love about this place, maybe about the people you love here, or special moments you have had. In exchange for a bowl, some food and company I would be forever grateful for a hand written letter (which you can do beforehand or at the lunch) which could be completely anonymous and a photograph (or 2) of a place you love. I would love to turn this information into a dinner set to sit around maybe towards the end of my residency and talk about this single place which seems to tie us all (if briefly) together.
Please note places are limited so please book your space via the eventbrite link here:
This is a free event but donations are welcome on the day. The chilli will be vegetarian.
2. A barter for broken things
During January/February I want to collect broken utensils and hand tools. In exchange for these objects I will have a selection of ceramic bowls I made in December to take in exchange for the broken or damaged hand tools and kitchen utensils. My Grandfather kept knifes with broken blades and no handles, spoons which had their tips bent in a hot pan and a range of screw drivers and saws which were relegated to other uses when they no longer held their intended function. The knives got sharpened down to wobbly blades and the spoons had holes drilled through them to be used to retrieve boiled eggs. The screw drivers were used to wedge loft hatches open and for ingenious tools in the garden. I want to collect, record, document and display the broken utensils that people have kept, maybe in the back of a drawer or have found after they have been lost in the back of a shed and gone rusty. In exchange you get a shiny new bowl to eat out of! Think of it as an exchange of functionless to functional.
Please bring objects between 11am – 4pm on 31st Jan, 1st, 2nd or 3rd Feb to the artist studio at VARC so I can meet you and you can choose a bowl in exchange.
You will see a green sign marked ‘VARC’ on the wayfinder post. Once you have come through the gate, drive about 50 metres until you see a small car park on your left hand side. Go into the barn and you will find the artist studio through the first door on the right.