The final phase of the commission is now complete. The brief included a collaboration aspect, and it was wonderful in the final months of the time frame to have the opportunity to work with Sian Hughes, who was also installing artwork for the other areas of the new unit.
We created and co-ordinated a series of artworks which were place in the route throught the new unit from the ENT waiting room where Sian's Artwork was placed, through the curved corridoor and out into the route corridoor to the Pain Treatment Rooms. The intension was that each artwork area should be different, but they would co-ordinate, and the overal theme was to be water and natural images. The main aim was to link each others areas of work and create a welcoming ambience throughout the departments.
Part of the collaboration also facilitated a sharing of skils and ideas, which we sucessfully achieved through working in a new media to us both, printed acrylics.
In the curved space we placed printed acrylic shapes. The images were initailly based on our photographs of reflections in water. We each worked with shapes in the photos to create three units which worked together to form a flow pattern. The colours were altered digitally to match with the strong blues in Sian's artworks and the jewel colours in my enamel panels in the Breast Screening Unit. The resullting work is mirrored on each wall of the corridoor and they are designed to lead the visitor visually through the space.
Here is Sian in the next route corridor - Once you are through the curved space there are further corridors to the Pain treatment areas and Breast Screening.
For this placement we chose to link with square panels which echo the shape in my art work in Breast screening and also with Sians ceiling tiles in the treatment rooms. The printed acrylic panels reflect each others pieces and are sited on each side of the corridor. In Sian's work for the pain unit, her images are of rockpools with added objects to take interest and make a distraction on viewing.
I compimented her vision with my semi-abstract images of rock formations in complimentry colours, which also visually link with the colourway in the wave shapes on the curve. In the photo above you can also see that there was an additional image selected of a beachscape. This was one of my water images that was arresting for its spacial, peaceful atmosphere and was an alternative suggestion of water. It was also a visual link to the video instalation in the Breast Screening Departement by a third artist commissioned Mark Cameron Minard, who's work is based on fine photography and screen based arts.
For me working with the new media was quite thought provoking and a useful process in developing not only ideas for future enamelling but a revelation in the fact that there are alternative materials to explore......
NHS Broadgreen Commission
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