Aug 27, 2010

Dolores Rocket

1. Please tell us about the work you will be showing in the 2010 E17 Art Trail?

I’m taking the opportunity of the Trail to launch the website Dolores Rocket (named after the 1971 Greyhound Derby winner). It features the work of relatively recent arts graduates and a scientist/photographer who works in a range of media. In addition I’ve commissioned the artists to make a site-specific ‘kennel’, using only found materials, in homage to Dolores, especially for the 2010 E17 Art Trail.

2. How many times have you taken part in the Trail?
This is the first time.

3. What kind of things inspire you to create art?
I do very little these days, instead focussing on promoting the work of the artists on my website.

4. What challenges (if any) do you face in preparing yourself and your work for the Trail?
The challenges have been many and varied - and include working to transform my workshop into a tiny gallery and ensuring that the artists involved stick to their deadlines. I’ve been really inspired by their commitment and willingness to respond to a fairly demanding brief and create a kennel when none of them is a sculptor. Amy Blum is even promising to transform an Egyptian sarcophagus (found abandoned locally) into her interpretation of a kennel. In addition, Liam has volunteered for an extra challenge - when he found out my hall is soon to be replastered he asked if he could do a wall drawing - something he has never attempted before.

5. Who are your favourite artists?
At the moment it has to be Paul Neagu, Jamie Shovlin, Georg Paul Thomann, Zoe Leonard and some of the recent work of the Chapman brothers has been quite intriguing.

6. Please tell us two things you really like about Walthamstow?
The village and its proximity to the forest.

7. Please tell us one thing you wish Walthamstow had?
A view of the sea.


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