Goddess Sekhmet18th Dynasty, reign of Amenhotep III (app. 1390-1352 BC)
Sekhmet was a lion goddess whose name means ‘the mighty one’, and she personified the aggressive aspects of other goddesses. Sekhmet was a daughter of the sun-god Ra and she usually wears a sun-disc on her head.
Myth recounts how she almost obliterated humankind for conspiring against her father’s rule. She was associated with destruction and plague, but her powers could also be invoked for healing. Like other goddesses, she often holds a looped cross and papyrus stalk; emblems of life (ankh) and flourishing (wadj).
‘The Sleep of Sorrow and the Dream of Joy’, carved marble sculpture by Raffaelle Monti (1861), reflected in a mirror at the V&A.
This was one of the three most admired sculptures in the 1862 International Exhibition held in London, which included the largest contemporary sculpture display of the century. Monti was an Italian sculptor who established his reputation in Britain. This work is an allegory of the resurgence of Italy as a nation in the mid-19th century.
The Sheffield International Artist’s Book Prize is both the centrepiece of and inspiration for the exhibition “Opening up the Book” at Bank Street Arts in Sheffield. This year is the fifth edition of the Prize: the exhibition showcases over 200 books selected from nearly 400 individual entries coming from 42 different countries.
The exhibition will include my piece ‘Intrusive Thoughts‘. The work is created within a Chartwell Survey Book 2026.
This book is a log of imagined ways in which I might die, as recorded on various days. Intrusive thoughts are frightening thoughts about what might happen to you or someone you care about, or what you might do to yourself or another person. They seem to come from outside of your control, and their content feels alien and threatening. The yellow survey book serves as the perfect container to these threatening, and sometimes absurd, scenarios.
The exhibition at Bank Street Arts opens on 10th October from 16:00 and runs until 31st October.
Opening Times: Wed – Sat: 11am – 4pm
32-40 Bank Street, Sheffield S1 2DS
I'm pleased to finally be able to reveal the work that I created for the 'A Letter in Mind' exhibition- which was created on a standard window envelope- and sold before the opening at the charity private view!
The ‘A Letter in Mind’ exhibition held at the gallery@oxo earlier this month has been a great success for The National Brain Appeal – with over 1000 visitors during the week, 136 works sold and more than £10,000 raised.
The National Brain Appeal have now updated the A Place for Creation web page to show which artworks have sold and which are still available. Mine is number 055! There are still more works for sale, so you can still support this great cause!
The National Brain Appeal is the charity dedicated to raising much needed funds for The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in Queen Square London. The National is one of the world’s leading centres for the diagnosis, treatment and care of patients with a wide range of neurological disorders and neuromuscular conditions including multiple sclerosis symptoms (MS), brain cancer, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, Prion disease, and head injury. Please help to improve their outcomes.
I’ve created a piece which will be auctioned off to help raise funds for this brilliant charity. All works in ‘A Letter in Mind’ (including one by Grayson Perry) are being exhibited anonymously and sold for £80- Only when the exhibition ends will the artist’s name be revealed.
Following the exhibition and auction, I will be able to post the image of my final work… until then, watch this space, and good luck with your purchases!
gallery@oxo: Thursday 2 October to Sunday 5 October 2014. 11-6pm. Admission free.
The National Brain Appeal is a charity dedicated to raising vital funds for The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London. Since the charity began in 1984 they have raised £40 million for state-of-the-art equipment, major building programmes and research.
I am very honoured to have been invited to participate in ‘The Library of Lost Books’ project!
Today I received my beautiful book in the post… And already have some great ideas in how to give this book a new life as an artist book… Updates soon!
In the meantime- have a look at some of the great work already produced: