Wednesday 11 February 2015

Holly Daniels - Fairy Dwelling

Holly Daniels Fairy Dwelling
Welcome to the Dwell exhibition and book. For a whole month we will be taking each artist's page and transforming it into a 3 dimensional dwelling. Each one of these small sculptures will be exhibited in public on the London streets.

Our twelfth Dwell sculpture, 'Fairy Dwelling' comes from Holly Daniels. Holly has previously exhibited with Collect Connect in the Freed Book in 2013. Holly's story for The Freed Book is titled, 'Have I got News For You' and presents a satirical narrative. Holly continued in a similar vein with 'Warnings & Ransoms' for the Patternotion Book also 2013. For this publication Holly wrote,

Have I got News For You (Detail)
"I know that the cartoons I produce won't change anyone's political opinion; at best a cartoon enlightens and provokes debate, at worst events have moved on by the time of publication and the cartoon makes little sense at all. From my own perspective, these cartoons are my way of trying to reclaim a little bit of control in a world in which democratic choice is limited and power is put into the hands of the few who aren't necessarily concerned for the many...." (Holly Daniels, Patternotion 2013).

One can't help but be reminded of the recent extremities that satirical cartoons can provoke in today's world.
For the Dwell book Holly has provided us with something quite different. Fairy Dwelling is a delicate paper sculpture complete with a tiny swing and window.
I love how the tiny swing makes the dwelling seem large enough to live inside, a clever use of size and scale in keeping with our belief in the diminutive size of fairies.

Fairy Dwelling near the Thames
Holly's photo (above) shows Fairy Dwelling made out of patterned and textured paper and we can see how carefully made this sculpture is (it takes a steady hand to make Holly's sculpture as well as we see here).
We  placed Fairy Dwelling on the North bank of The Thames near London Bridge. We found this richly coloured and textured industrial remnant on which to put the sculpture - perhaps a Dwelling for an industrial fairy or two!
We were also enjoying playing with the swing like quality of the crane compared to the miniscule swing in Holly's Dwelling.
 Don't forget to have a look at the next Collect Connect project, 'The Art of Caring' exhibition at The Rose Theatre in Kingston-upon-Thames. The theme is Caring/Care and it is FREE to enter.

To buy the Dwell Book for £6 then follow this LINK.


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