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Artist and wordsmith, whose work engages with issues of access, from acknowledged physical needs to perceived symbolic exclusions. After being selected as one of DAO's New Voices in 2011, Gini's online presence has become an integral part of her arts practice

Saturday's 'People'

13 April 2013

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Two white soft-sculpture figures facing eachother across the access to a flight of three steps

Here we are and will you be coming? Could you be part of this interaction? 'People Like You' is still making noises in Salisbury all day today and tomorrow. It moves to the Lighthouse in Poole at the beginning of May... My journey to Salisbury Arts Centre following Sue's white lines has a (temporary) festival nature. I am cheered along the way, I point out that I wasn't the artist, but people shake their heads in disbelief. I'm given the thumbs up and knowing, acknowledging...

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More Building up, Counting down: 3

7 April 2013

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Black and white drawing of a seated woman who is also metaphor. With one leg morphed into a wheel she represents the complexity of the relationship I have with my chair.

You don't look at it and think disabled. It's art, it ticks all the boxes. It's inspirational normal inspiration, you know? Not the sympathy kind. Everybody can relate to it, without all the usual triggers and it still makes you think. I think art like this really does make a difference. Around and during the Symposium (10/03/2013)  'People Like You' has the added bonus of Liz Crow and Sue Austin presenting live work. I first met Sue in 2009 when she came to document...

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People Like You - all over the globe

1 April 2013

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Photoshopped image of Fons, the white soft-sculpture, with his long roots wrapped around the globe.

I believe in you, do you
believe in me? It's time.

Time for life, time for
change; climb, clamber, crawl,
wriggle and roll|
out of the straight jacket
of fear. Time to refuse
to be groomed as victim;
time to reject persecution.

It's time to come out
of hiding, it's time.
to be one with another.

I believe in you, do you
believe in me? It's time.

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'People Like You' - reflection and anticipation

5 April 2013

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On a dark background, the soft-sculpture white roots in the sunlit reflections of stained glass windows

'People Like You' conversations are already growing into a fascinating body of work: I have discovered my own thoughts echoing through your work. Words I can relate to. I've noticed the way you juxtaposition art and religion. I'm keen to move into this positive space where a new figure is taking form, but don't want to move too quickly. Next week will see 'Bedding Out' with Liz Crow go live, and there will also be live White Line art from Sue Austin as well as her...

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'People Like You' Building up and counting down: 4

6 April 2013

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The white soft-sculpture of Jessie, a small life-size figure with roots for legs and arms. One arm in the process of becoming a wing, Jessie appears suspended against a dark background in which she is partially reflected.

Building up to live performances, counting down to the symposium, the tension mounts. Some great comments about 'People Like You', the assembled work of Liz Crow, Sue Austin and myself, include this one which makes me smile: If this is Disability Art, its very subtle, I can relate to it. It's mainstream, is that an insult? What I mean is it works for anyone. Everyone should see it. Since they first appeared in this exhibition, the soft-sculptures evolved from my Con.Text...

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Building up, Counting down: 2

8 April 2013

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White felt letters spelling 'messy art' photographed on the Salisbury Arts Centre Altar Stage where Liz Crow will be Bedding Out

'People Like You' - the final week of the exhibition:   This is a powerful combination, if you can take it all in. The wheelchair artist talks about a hidden secret and seeing this, the subtle sum of it all, I can believe there is one. I can believe I'm on the brink of discovering it.   Here, now, on the brink of Bedding Out, caught up in this wave of interconnected protest, it's possible to believe in better. Caught up in the global impact of 'Creating the...

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Building up, Counting down: 1, 0, +1

11 April 2013

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The Pink Grab rails on the white wall with large white felt letters spelling ARTY propped up on the 'People' section

Grab me. They invite me and grab me; they sign to the Kouroi standing self-absorbed and utterly armless. The mountains you move with humour far outsize anything done from the shadow side of despair. Counted out!  Where did the time go? The Symposium has been and gone, but its too early to be taking stock - Liz Crow is Bedding Out and 'Creating the Spectacle! 360' has not yet been packed away. 'People Like You' will be there until Sunday with Kosta, Jessie, Fons and Kouros...

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White lines and Spatial Justice.

12 April 2013

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The parallel White Lines of Sue Austen's Freewheeling, on a grey slabbed Salisbury pavement

White Lines; lead you to me. To 'People Like You', to glossy pink grab rails, to Kouros, Koure and co. They lead your thoughts to created geography, to the man-made spaces that largely unnoticed, influence and dominate our thoughts, our moods, and consequently our lives.   Wheelborne, I seldom interact with playful geography, confined by the history and imagination of architect and planner I roll oppressed by the hierarchy of power. The constant reminder of status in flights of...

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Monday Morning

15 April 2013

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A powerchair at the top of some indoor steps, with white felt letters spelling RAMP climbing the treads

Monday morning and time to get out. Time to remove 'People Like You' from the temporary home in Salisbury Arts Centre Gallery and place them in storage until May and their reemergence into the spotlight at the Lighthouse in Poole. And I can't help but make links to Bedding Out (Liz's bed was here on this stage)... that temporary visibility, the Big Splash in the limelight, followed by a period of rest, assessment, evaluation and repair - behind closed...

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