Artist’s Statement

‘I like poems that come from inside, and so more honesty, more truth, more vulnerability.’

Adoabi Tricia Nwaubani

Employing a diaristic and meditative approach, I work with textiles and direct processes, which include drawing, sewing and assemblage, to produce tactile, handmade constructions.

My work addresses personal experience through abstraction, in particular mental health, recovery from domestic abuse and motherhood. I am interested in the ways it is possible to reassert one’s individual sense of self through creative expression during and following times of personal illness, stress or crisis.

Working with clients of the charity Migrant Help, who are survivors of modern-day slavery and human trafficking, I have recently completed a participatory Arts Council England funded project, in Dover in Kent, which led to the creation of a new artwork, Lilacs In Bloom (2019). All of the coloured fabrics employed in the artwork were sourced on my local beach in south east Kent. Since 2016, I have been collecting and employing in my practice scraps of cloth that wash up on the shore. When I work with these found fabrics of everyday life, I am thinking about returning to them their material agency. Restoring individual agency is a central part of the journey of recovery for survivors of human trafficking and modern day slavery. The anonymous scraps of cloth I found on the tideline provided fertile ground for exploring the restoration of individual agency as both the subject of the artwork and the objective of the project.

Joy C Martindale (2018)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s