You Belong Here
48" x 48" C-Type print of 42 individual silver gelatin prints
Belonging is a portrait of a park bench in Peel Park. Peel Park in Salford was one of the first public parks and it was paid for by public subscription. There are many other types of green spaces but parks are there for the people. The bench is an infrastructure that says to people,'you belong here.' The bench allows the public to become apart of the park through a physical connection. The bench asks nothing of the sitter but to 'be.' Belonging was created whilst I was shielding; when the park was one of the few places people could really visit during the height of the pandemic.
Belonging is a series of 42 black and white photographic giclee prints pieced together. The prints come from negatives made from engraved and inked acrylic sheets.
Commissioned by University of Salford Art Collection with Salford Museum & Art Gallery for Rediscovering Salford 2021.
Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Bench 1, View From Bench 1, Bench 2, View From Bench 2, Bench 3, View From Bench 3
Series of Postcards of Peel Park
Rooted is a collection of postcards depicting three benches in Peel Park and the views from these benches. During my research of the archives held by Salford Museum and Art Gallery I came across postcards of Peel Park from around the early 1900s. These postcards have wonderful messages written on the back from people sharing their trip to Peel Park. These postcards are created with the same intention. To sit, become rooted, to 'be', to view, and then to share your experience and memories with someone else.
Rooted series of postcards are digital photographic images created to visually recall the postcards of the past.