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)

Solitaire
Solitaire

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

Solitaire
Solitaire

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

Solitaire in play
Solitaire in play

Photograph (2021)

Solitaire Grid
Solitaire Grid

C-Type Print, 120 x120 cm (2021)

Solitaire Grid
Solitaire Grid

C-Type Print, Installation view (2021)

Solitaire
Solitaire

Detail

Solitaire stones
Solitaire stones

Ink and pencil drawing (2021)

Solitaire piece
Solitaire piece

Sandstone

Care Home Grid
Care Home Grid

Aerial views of Care Homes affected by COVID-19 (2021)

Rose Petal Graph
Rose Petal Graph

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

Solitaire piece
Solitaire piece

Flint