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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

Lunch at Roppongi Hills

31 August 2013

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Photo of double poster for exhibitions at the Mori Art Museum Gallery; with Jeff Koon's gold and red Sacred Heart on the left and a Harry Potter image of the three main children and owl on the right.

Day two takes me to Roppongi Hills for lunch at a Chinese restaurant and coming out of the elevator from the metro we discover that the entrance to the complex (just before the giant spider sculpture) is decorated and paved with red dots. The Mori Art Museum Gallery is hosting a tenth anniversary exhibition titled 'All You Need Is LOVE - from Chagall to Kusama and Hatsune Miku'  The dots theme carries around the area, with activities for children and a larger than life figure of a...

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Traditional Modern Kabuki

30 August 2013

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A tall shiny building in Tokyo viewed from across a busy road with the new Kabuki theatre roof just about visible in its reflective surface.

I was greeted with a gift, tickets to Kabuki in the newly finished theatre. The performance will take place at the beginning of September, I am very pleased and so curious. The old Kabuki theatre had been pulled down and the redevelopment images of the site showed a massive skyscraper office block behind a small redbrick box, a modern and efficient, if disappointing, use of the space. I had been sad not to have been able to experience this traditional Japanese event in the appropriate...

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Independent Travel

29 August 2013

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A Tokyo pavement with a variety of longer grass growing up between crazy-paving style slabs in pinky colours and a dying cicada trapped upside down under the grass

The twelve hour flight has become familiar to my body, but the details vary each time.   Processing me at Heathrow in my own powered chair confused almost everybody. I revelled in the freedom and independence, whilst the assisted-travel  assistants consulted the rules and regulations. I successfully negotiated myself to the door of the aircraft on my own wheels and then watched as the powerless skeleton (without batteries and without the contoured cushions that make sitting for more...

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Tokyo Time

29 August 2013

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This is a Japanese advert for MacDonalds with two stick figures under the M, a pointing arrow and some Japanese text

Tokyo time has come around again. For a week or so before I travel, the prospect dominates my life. The preparation consumes me. I pace myself to live with this division of attention, I am well practiced in the phenomenon, but this year is more fraught than usual. I think of my father talking about the see-saw between countries and cultures and the frustration of being constantly on the move yet going no-where. I recall my grandmother packing to move us to the summer house on the beach for the...

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With #beddingout in mind:

9 August 2013

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a rather colourless pen and wash image of a double bed, with brass knobs, pillows and folded back cover, and a glowing tombstone shape bearing the words: love me love my chair, doesn't have the same endearing appeal as dog or child, and meet the sticks ha

Liz Crow 'Bedding Out' is happening in Edinburgh, today and tomorrow, right now, so here #inactualfact, some excepts from 'On Borrowed Crutches'  poetry on wheels: I have been prescribed a normal life, life by the fifteen minute rule. Sitting, standing, lying down; repeat. So, now I need to ... go shopping. First to get me ready: crutches to the elbow, shoes and bags and Mmmh, fifteen mins standing. Me? No. And thats not even walking. Yes I need to take a chair....

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Human Rights

31 July 2013

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third in the series of Union Flag filled silhouettes, this one a woman with a quote from Dag Hammarskjold: Freedom from Frear could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights

I recycle words. We all do it. They say something different each time. I recycle images too. People used to do that as well, back when there was no sharp divide between image and word. Years ago I spent time in the theatre sketching rehearsals; a scary, fast-paced scribble of a task which I found exhilarating. Periodically I would revisit my stack of sketch pads and extract material for evolution into other states, for exhibitions and illustrations. Recently I found myself reusing images from...

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Everyday artist

30 July 2013

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on a dark grey background the silhouette of a man without hands is filled in with the red, white and blue Union Flag and shows the text: 'human rights: the right to live like a human, the right to live' and a quote from Aung Sann Suu Kyi: the truest measu

Homegrown The Heroic in the Everyday Salisbury Arts Centre, 6th July- 18th August Hijack All Dayer - Free - Youth Arts festival My day had been long and full of potential stress and misunderstanding, the drive to Salisbury in the radiant heat of baked metal, was in a Friday rush hour, I was tired and prickly, but I travelled with anticipation. First held in 2011, the Arts Centre's exhibition of works by resident artists, workshop leaders and participants has been an annual success and...

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Just the weekend to review my Olympic legacy...

29 July 2013

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on a dark grey background is the silhouette of a woman filled in with a portion of the Union Jack Flag. At her missing arm is a quote from Nelson Mandela: To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity. And at her feet a quote from

I'm painting my decking, well not at this moment as its hard work and frequent bouts of horizontal recovery are necessary. As I paint, and no not its not exactly paint, more of a wood stain, I think about what's going on under the surface. It's a fair bet that the wood is rotting from the bottom up; I compare my decking to painted sepulchres and am suddenly embarrassed by a sticky wetness around my nether regions.  Years ago when my first child started moving himself around he...

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The need to create

27 June 2013

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White paper on white canvas, curls, cones and tubes assembled to represent people the piece relies on the play of light to make visible a central wheelborne figure flanked by two standing figures.

Recently I've had difficulty living with torn-to-pieces-hood. I wept readily. And this in spite of some blessing of sun, some lightness of clear blue sky, and momentary gentle warmth seeping through my skin to delight my bones. Waking through the night in a restless tangle of cotton shroud, I was tempted towards tantrums, until reminding myself that these are the good old days and I am not just surviving. I have a life! I've not been well and this, on top of the demands of disability,...

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Broken vessel.

4 May 2013

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partial view of Mirka's bowl showing the dark blue glazed interior and the white points of slip spelling out the braille poem on the exterior.

Settling People Like You into the Lighthouse Gallery space was not without problems, compromise and pain, but for me all of that paled into insignificance on discovering that Mirka's beautiful bowl had been damaged somewhere between being wrapped up and packed in Salisbury and being unwrapped in Poole - the day before the exhibition was due to open. The large chip on its rim is a complete puzzle, and the sadness is pervading. The bowl was part of a collaborative installation with ceramic...

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Activism 2013 and me.

1 May 2013

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On a pale cream background,  two white soft-sculpture roots curl into circular shapes echoing wheels, a third root coming out of them has spines or slim fins for a watery reflection

Needing my soft-sculpture to continue meaningful narratives in the context of its next venue, the Lighthouse, Poole, I have been working on a suplimentary piece inspired by the very different environment. I have described 'People Like You' as an exhibition bringing together the work of Liz Crow, committed and caring artist/activist; Sue Austin, bold and challenging artist/researcher and Gini, dreamer and poet, artist/social commentator. You'll notice that I don't actually think...

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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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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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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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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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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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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' 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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'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 - 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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audio-visual disorientation.

23 March 2013

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iPad finger drawing of a leafless tree with roots and tiny glowing buds on deep blue background

Last week I joined an audio-description training introduction and as a result was offered a taster touch-tour and audio-described performance at Salisbury Playhouse by their professional, very helpful team. Touch-tours normally take place on a stage which is, unfortunately, not wheelchair accessible, but I did manage to wheel close enough to feel the grassy surface texture of the set. I had earlier been emailed a link to the Playhouse website's audio information, but had found the set...

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People in Con.Text conversations

16 March 2013

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View into white Gallery with  white framed, pen and ink drawings on the walls and two white soft-sculpture figues, one suspended from the rafters and one lying on the floor

Like the children, you think you've let go, you watch those independent steps and move on from the wrench. But nothing prepares you for the way your creation takes off; gathers momentum and brings home the stories that you scattered; brings them home enriched with lives and links and lightening bolts. 'People in Con.Text' conversations are full of positive feedback, and a great sense of people's engagement with the exhibition. They are, so far, hugely enjoyable - there is...

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In the aftermath.

10 March 2013

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Close-up view of a white painted canvass with twisted strips of white muslin all seen in a dark bluish light.

Now that 'People Like You' is installed in the Salisbury Arts Centre Gallery, I need to tidy up - housekeeping. My house, without the five soft-sculpture figures, is peaceful. Where they had spilled out into my personal space, I can reclaim room to breath. My studio however is a mess. And none the freer for the exodus of artwork - it still contains preparations and pictures I rejected for this version of 'People Like You'. Canvasses exploring the theme of angels - the visual...

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'People Like You' - letter handles

8 March 2013

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Pen and ink drawing of a man's face in profile, interpreted in roots curling around the edges and into a skull shape

Not caring, not daring to leave a gaping hole, a vacuum through which I might disappear like the humanoid rabbit, I have already started on 'People in Con.Text'. Conversations with visitors to the 'People Like You' exhibition/installation will form part of its evaluation and already there are gems like the squealed, 'letter handles' that a small child used to draw her parents' attention to the grab rails. And the smiling gent who came to tell me that if his dog were...

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The PLY Project catches up.

7 March 2013

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Pen and ink, words from a Con.text piece forming the shape of a head

Wednesday was time to put in some overdue effort on the PLY Project. LinkUpArts members have gathered 'baby and now' photos of people like you, like us, for the 'People Like You' exhibition. These need printing out, 'baby image' on one side, 'now image' on the other. A few do not have baby photos of themselves so I have made simple boy and girl outline drawings. It would also be great if people wanted to draw their own.  No-one is excluded There are...

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