WALWORTH 

In May 2019 I was invited, by the Walworth Community Garden Network, to create a site-specific work for the Chelsea Fringe (2019).  The Fringe is a response to the Chelsea Flower Show an annual event aimed at affluent landowners - it begs the question how much does an individual need to own privately? What is sufficient? Where is the balance between public and private wealth?  I chose to run a sound walk.  I wanted to tap into the experiences of people who are not normally represented in the dominant narratives of the city. 


18 people walked in silence, for 45 minutes, through the community gardens and estates of West Walworth.  We used Michael Chion’s (1991), three ways of listening, to identify the sounds we know, to describe the quality of the sounds and to consider their meaning. I recorded the sounds and the discussion and poems the walk generated. The resulting works take inspiration from the people I met and the plants in the gardens. 

 
Walworth flight paths
Walworth flight paths

Hand dyed and machine embroidery (2020)

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Walworth Sound Walk
Walworth Sound Walk

Installation view, ceramic and plaster (2020)

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Public Private Wealth Sufficiency
Public Private Wealth Sufficiency

Ceramic letters (2020)

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Echium Pinnata - architectural plant used to transform threatening spaces
Echium Pinnata - architectural plant used to transform threatening spaces

Ceramic leaves, each 30 x 10 x 4 cm (2020)

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Echium Pinnata
Echium Pinnata

Plaster cast leaves (2020)

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Public Private Wealth Sufficiency
Public Private Wealth Sufficiency

Letterpress print (2020)

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Walworth skies, words from poem by Tim Richardson written on Sound Walk
Walworth skies, words from poem by Tim Richardson written on Sound Walk

Hand dyed with machine embroidery (2020)

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Echium Pinnata - architectural plant, used to transform threatening spaces
Echium Pinnata - architectural plant, used to transform threatening spaces

Plaster cast of plant (2020)

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