The countdown to Oldham is in full swing, labels and packaging being checked and in just over three weeks DIS/rupt will open to the public in Gallery Oldham. Fine time therefore to find out from some more members about their work. I recently managed to chat with Janet Edmonds, author of several very popular books, about the work she will be submitting in Oldham.
First of all I asked Janet about the specific area of the DIS/rupt project she was investigating or exploring?
I have chosen to explore the global warming category and investigating extreme weather around the coast in particular. I began by looking into the Dawlish railway collapse as I use that line down to the West country fairly regularly so have a personal interest in what happened there in February 2014
Can you tell us something about the piece you are working on for DIS/rupt
I did some drawings to explore the idea of huge waves hitting the coastline but had great difficulty in trying to workout how this could be made. Over a period of time I began to consider the wider issue of the power of the sea as it makes landfall. Originally, I wanted to create a piece that would appear to burst through a wall which would mean making two pieces, one for either side. Due to life’s complications, I have had to modify my ideas and make something that I could do in the time I have available.
What are the materials and processes that you are working with?
Finding the right material to support my ideas took some time but eventually I made a breakthrough to the problem I had in supporting the fabric. I discovered Varaform, a material that can be moulded and shaped using heat or spraying with water. It becomes sticky so enables fabric to be fixed to it and retains its shape when cooled or dried. It also remains possible to hand stitch through it. I intend to make some fabric by machine to add to the piece and I am knitting with clear monofilament, again, to add to the hand stitched waves.
That sounds really interesting Janet, are you able to give us an idea of the scale of your piece?
The piece is not as large as I would like but is a metre wide and should be almost as high although I have not yet reached that stage. It will extend outwards from the wall.
Is the finished piece to be free standing or wall mounted?
The piece will be dimensional but wall hung and may be lit from within if the work goes according to plan.
What message do you hope the viewers of your work will take away from the exhibition?
Recent world news has brought us many horrific images of the damage and destruction that the sea can wreak when it reaches landfall. The energy within the waves heightened by adverse weather conditions is terrifying, even more so at close quarters. I hope that viewers will get a sense of the power of the sea and reflect on how small and insignificant we are against its might.
Thank you Janet, it will be of great interest to visitors to see the finished piece. If you would like to see Janet’s piece and all the other work in DIS/rupt when it opens on Saturday 2nd December then remember the dates for Gallery Oldham and the other venues and check earlier blog posts for dates and information about the workshops and artist talks on offer. Full information, about Gallery Oldham can be found here Gallery Oldham and the gallery can also be found on Twitter @GalleryOldham.