25 March 2015

Beneath The Surface

Part of Beneath The Surface, ‘The What It Is Rite 01’ (2015) has been developed via walking and bus journeys across Newport (Wales, UK) eavesdropping on conversations. A collection of phrases particular to the local vernacular were collated and edited.

My work is concerned with positive and empathic experiences. In previous works I have collated and exhibited positive affirmation phrases. In delving below the surface of Newport, the word ‘safe’ seemed to have a particular resonance. Its local use as a positive affirmation statement, as a greeting and as an alternative to ‘yes’ , made it a particularly pertinent starting point for a work. Its more usual meaning of security points to the tension between local and non-local perceptions of Newport.

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