The relationship between place and the sense of home, has been an important area of study. My work has been inspired by transient family life, which has taken me on a journey from Europe to the Far East, the Americas and the Indian subcontinent – through this journey I am always interest in what is left behind, memories or something more.
As part of my Fine Art MA at Norwich University of Arts, I have been exploring this theme through various art forms to produce this current work, triggered in part by the names of children carved into the victorian bricks of the workhouse at Wicklewood, where I now live. The labels given to those children, recorded in the decayed archived minutes, were ingrained into those who received them. Through an installation piece and etchings I hope to raise the level of understanding of the inmates, giving authority to their forgotten lives and to stimulate dialogue.
The etchings are based on an official visit to the workhouse 1894 by a member of the British Medical Journal.
This website contains a selection of collated images and text which was gathered through primary and secondary research on the building and similar workhouses both locally and further afield. The resulting art installation is to be exhibited in the grounds of the Wicklewood workhouse and Wymondham Heritage Museum throughout April and May 2018 where current residents and members of the local community can view it.
Taffy the Sanctus, was here on 25th Nov 1865
From whence admitted
Pauperism is in the blood
Hereditary in nature
During the dark days of winter the instruction of the children is much hindered by want of light
Teach the children to read but not to write
A body that breathes
HOUSE OF INDUSTRY
Habits of usefulness and virtue