- Lauren Gault
What excites us about Lauren’s work is its potential to play with the sensation of weightlessness
It provides an unrestricted freedom for the person with complex learning disabilities, think of a jacuzzi, or a swimming pool and the feeling of lightness that provides. Lauren’s challenge will be to work with the individual, thinking about how she can recreate the sensation of weightlessness with different dsensibilities and understandings of the world. The person doesnt need to be weightless, the world around them needs to alter, to become something els
- Jennifer Paige Cohen
- Adam Putnam
We were attracted to Adams work because it presented the sensation of density, that could be disappeared or altered by reaching your hand out and breaking the light beam from the projector. We have talked about fog and dust, of things that look solid but aren’t, of cause and effect, of understanding and not understanding, of staring at something for so long that it becomes something else.
- Matthew Ronay
When we first talked, we discussed the idea of being lost in an artwork. The physical experience of being so caught up by the work that the intellectual does not matter. In another meeting we talked about not seeing the work, but feeling it, of the sensation of it. We talked about removing colour and what that would mean, of being immersed in monochrome. Our conversations will continue, with the help of care workers who are providing some interesting perspectives.
- Kevin Hutchison McPhee & Fran Nobilucci
Play features in these artists work with emphasis on the relationships that form through play. What is important within their work is that the person with complex disabilities directs what happens.
The final art works will unfold over time. The more they learn from each other, the more people they involve, then the more they will create a radical space for people to be themselves. Imagine? A space in which people with complex disabilities can be who they really are?
- Laura Aldridge
Laura Aldridge has worked in workshops with people with complex disabilities for many years. She has a beautiful and innate sense of the people she works with. She watches and listens to the detail that surrounds the individual, slowly encouraging their involvement.
Responses to colour, proximity, touch and scale all play a part in her work. Its big, bold and immersive.
- Wendy Jacob
Wendy Jacob makes work that involves vibration and touch. She is a tactile artist who has worked with Temple Grandin and shown her work all over the world. In her work people are immersed in the vibration of sound.
As part of her work with Artlink, Wendy began to work with individuals and care staff to determine the sounds that would attract and hold the attention of people with complex disabilities. She devised sound diaries which allowed staff to listen to, watch and describe the day to day sounds, that people would listen to or be attracted to.
A cat purring, a coke machine, a washing machine became their sounds of choice
For The Ideas That Bend exhibition the artist will make a huge sloped floor through which sounds curated by individuals with complex disabilities will vibrate.
- Claire Barclay
We were drawn to Claires interest in the act of working together as a form of unconventional communication, where the object made in response or collaboration evidences growing understanding of each other.
We are interested in how Claires work will change in response to individuals whose vocabulary is based in actions and reactions that are highly sensory.
Often the difficulties of conventional communication, encountered when working with an individual with complex needsthe potential for this kind of experimental learning and discovery, and in the forms that emerge from interactions of this kind. They seem to speak about instinct and what it is to be human, and about the importance of care delivered with agency and genuine connection rather than attending only to physiological needs.
- Steve Hollingsworth & Jim Colquhoun
Both artists work in Artlink workshops. They play, slowing down time, listening, exploring the moment when the individal connects with them. When all are lost in an action or interaction. In this space the individual dictates what happens and things are never quite what you think they are.
- Kelly Dobson
Kelly visited artlink on a regular basis. During these visits she would meet with different people who would help her to form her ideas. Her interest in personal spaces for people kept being talked about. What sort of space would each person require? How would it benefit them? Was it one space or several? If someone demanded high energy involvement what would be appropriate for them? The more people she met in relation to answering these questions the more questions she had?
All we knew was that it couldn’t be a quick fix.
- Laura Spring
Laura has worked on Artlink workshops for many years. She is a designer, who uses these sensibilities to create multi sensory environments, designed around specific interests. Laura works with the individual, she watches and learns and creates new forms of interaction with objects and spaces. Her work is gentle, respectful and based on creating a joyful experience for the individual.
Laura will work in partnership with Claire Barclay, looking at the idea of objects that establish other forms of communication.