Volunteering for the Biennial 2012

Throughout August and September I volunteered for the Biennial, working on the Liverpool to let project by the Denmark artist group Superflex.

When Superflex visited Liverpool they were perplexed by the amount of commercial spaces permanently ‘To Let’ and so close to the newly built shopping complex.
To raise awareness of this, through volunteers, they reproduced 49 of the signs, which are currently on show at The Cunard Building (position 1 on the Liverpool Biennial map) until 25 of November.

As one of the many volunteers it was our role to painstakingly hand paint each sign.

I was attracted to this opportunity to explore the automatic process of painting and mediation; Losing my self in the medium, the canvas and yet been present, focused. The effect it had on the psyche. I was able to do this here because I was emotional detached, the project was not mine, whereas with my work I am constantly thinking what does this mean and where is it going.

I have subsequently taken what I have learnt here and put it to use in my own work. Staying focused, open step at a time, staying detached.

For more information on Liverpool to Let project and the biennial click here.

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