SOLITAIRE

Visual investigation into deaths in care homes

Ageism is lethal. Over 22,000 people died between March and May 2020 from COVID-19 in English and Welsh care homes. Solitaire was conceived in response to the shockingly high death rate. The work consists of a large-scale sculpture of the board game Solitaire, photographed and animated.  My version is constructed from chicken wire with pebbles as pieces and has a barbed wire surround. Beach pebbles, like people, have memories - slate, flint, sandstone - all tell a different story. They have been shaped by the storms and tides life has thrown at them.  Solitaire is played alone. As you jump over a piece it is removed from the game, until only one piece remains in the centre. The wire references being trapped in a system.

 
Solitaire
Solitaire

Wire, stone 130 x 130 x 10 cm (2021)

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Solitaire
Solitaire

Wire, stone 130 x 130 x 10 cm (2021)

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Solitaire in play
Solitaire in play

Photograph (2021)

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Solitaire Grid
Solitaire Grid

C-Type Print, 120 x120 cm (2021)

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Solitaire Grid
Solitaire Grid

C-Type Print, Installation view (2021)

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Solitaire
Solitaire

Detail

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Solitaire stones
Solitaire stones

Ink and pencil drawing (2021)

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Solitaire piece
Solitaire piece

Sandstone

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Rose Petal Graph
Rose Petal Graph

Rose petals, wire, stone 8 x 60 x 4 cm (2020)

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Solitaire piece
Solitaire piece

Flint

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Solitaire game at Crypt Gallery
Solitaire game at Crypt Gallery

Installation view of game

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Solitaire Grid at Crypt Gallery
Solitaire Grid at Crypt Gallery

Installation view of photograph

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