Our exhibition went up smoothly over two days the hanging system took a little getting used to and in the end it all looked wonderful. Such an amazing old building, the first factory, and so full of time and a sense of history.
I have discovered so much around the area of Blakes Lock, it has been a real surprise. In a strange way, although it oozes a sense of industrial grittiness and history, it has also been rather romantic, especially with Artikinesis’ own collaborative poet reciting in the background above the constant rush of pressured water underneath the Turbine Room.
My fellow artists’ enthusiasm and support has meant that, once again, we are creating a genuine response to our location and there is an either literal or enigmatic relationship between the site and the Artwork.
I think this exhibition is going to be very special, as it has been unpremeditated and immediate.
I chose to seek special people in Basingstoke, and a couple of them I know, and so that meant I had a vision of the painting beforehand. In reality, it was very different and harder to manoeuver than I could have ever imagined, and, what’s more, I had a couple of images of different people on the go at the same time. Although it was very hard, I was in the end very pleased with the new way it made me work.
This is Rosemary. She is a wonderful person, so I just hope I have done her justice.