Installation and performance
In the past the role of the Blacksmith was very diverse not only was he the local toolmaker and “engineer", he was sometimes called upon to act as Dentist, Doctor, Undertaker,Veterinary surgeon, horse dealer or even let people cook in the coals. He would also usually hold important offices in the village such as magistrate or Church warden. I love the idea that the forge was the centre of the community at one point and wanted to recreate this atmosphere through art.
As part of a recent residency in a forge I began exploring new ways of working. I wanted to bring people back in to the forge, recreating the social space it once was. I have become interested in animating my sculptures and working with local people. I also want to explore making work which is more than just a final piece, but is an experience.
I hosted an evening in the forge and hired a Welsh folksinger and story teller. During the residency I worked with local groups to make shadow puppets. These were used to animate a sculpture I made, along with the stories being told and used the forge fire as a backlight. There was food and music as well as other interactive art. The idea was to promote experimental creative processes and conversation.