Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Who were you Mrs Pool(e)?

Mrs Pool(e) lived in our house in the 1920s. She rented the property and is mentioned obliquely in legal documents when the ownership changed. 

In 1922 the house was '...in the occupancy of Mrs Poole' and then in 1925 it was'...formerly in the occupancy of Mrs Poole but now unoccupied.'

But who was Mrs Pool(e)? How did she come to be living here, presumably alone? Could I find out anything about her from just a surname and one address? 

This was the starting point for my current work and first solo exhibition 'You Lived Here Mrs Pool(e)'. Working in mixed media, I am exploring ideas about the home and neighbourhood I have shared with Mrs Pool(e), and about the traces of her life that I have found.

A date for your diary! Friday 6 November 7-9pm will be the exhibition preview at South Square Gallery, Thornton, near Bradford, where more of Mrs Pool(e) and of my artwork will be revealed! 

Would love to see you there!

Monday, 3 August 2015

Life is fragile

And a moth arrived in the post

Found gifts

Another found object gift this week!

This great little egg shell, about 3cm across, was recovered by Alice. I was very excited by the fact that you can see where the bird has tapped its way out of the shell.

However, as I write this and look at the photos I realise that the shell is broken inwards rather than out and what I have is more likely an egg that has been attacked by another bird. Rather more sad, but that's life I guess.