I mostly work with screen printing, letterpress and relief lino cutting because they are accessible techniques that celebrate the quotidian and familiar nature of print.

 

Each piece has an embedded relationship to production and work, revealing how it is made and building over time.

 

My installations always have an element of participation, inviting the viewer to interact, contribute and discuss their response to the request.

'Liberating Language' (2019)

Installation of prints, home-made objects, participation, and give-away badges.

Plymouth College of Art MA show

 

Liberating Language is a participatory installation which invites the audience to consider the relationship between power and language.

Based on my experience of teaching in an Alternative Provision Academy the piece incorporates poster style prints, home-made lecterns and ledgers and a plinth with a handmade book exploring the relationship between language, power and exclusion.

The audience is invited to write their favourite swear word or alternative to swearing in the ledgers whilst being positioned by the lecterns to consider the content of the book.  The book uses a font created from the handwriting of excluded pupils.

 

Mirroring the poster there is a basket of badges for participants to take as a thank you.

images  courtesy of Sarah Packer

'Seven plus or minus Two' (2019)

Installation of buckets, scales and 2 pence coins, participation, and give-away postcards.

Tate Exchange, London with Plymouth College of Art

​The Clipper Inn, Plymouth with Plymouth College of Art

 

Seven charity collection buckets full of 2 pence coins, on analogue scales, each labelled with a different cause.

Participants are instructed to:

‘Take a handful of coins from the bucket of the cause that is least important to you and place it in the one for the cause that is most important’

Participants are invited to describe and share their decision-making process. The weight of coins in the buckets is recorded hourly. There are give-away postcards to take as a thank you.

images  courtesy of Sarah Packer

'Seven plus or minus Two' (2019)

Installation of prints, a home-made surveillance tower and a bucket full of 2p coins placed on analogue scales.

Karst test space, Plymouth

 

Referencing the ‘just in time’ production method each component of this installation took one hour to complete and was recorded using the surveillance camera on the home-made tower.

 

Using an Adana hand printing press the coloured cards record a slogan from a logistics lorry ‘The Future in Safe Hands’, I placed a 2 pence coin in a bucket for each print produced.

The lino print is a still from the surveillance film. The installation of the exhibition took one hour, and any remaining prints are piled on the floor.

images  courtesy of Sarah Packer

'Empty but full of Potential 2' (2018)

Installation of 35 lino printed boxes

 

ChangeMakers: Ways of Protest, Elysium Gallery, Swansea 2020

https://changemakersswansea.weebly.com/

The Buttermarket, Redruth, 2018 

 

Seven lino prints of a body part, each representing a contemporary version of Shakespeare’s Seven Ages of Man.

 

Each box is repeated five times and the 35 boxes are installed in changing formations throughout the day and in response to the site.

Each print is also available as a limited-edition on paper.

images  courtesy of Sarah Packer

'Empty but full of Potential 1' (2018)

Installation of 35 boxes, three tote bags and a pledge sheet.

Project Space 1 at Plymouth College of Art

 

The 35 boxes from ‘Empty but Full of Potential 2’ installed in response to the gallery space.

Three tote bags (replenished daily) hung on the gallery wall with the invitation to :

‘Take a bag in exchange for signing the pledge sheet to agree to complete the task contained within’

The bag contained a parchment envelope and writing paper with the invitation to ‘write a letter to a person who can influence a cause close to your heart’.

The signatures from the pledge sheet were then used to create a screen print showing them fading out.

images  courtesy of Sarah Packer

'Catch of the Day' pasty project (2018)

Installation of 500 Goyataku prints of pasties hung from market stalls for one day.

 

The Buttermarket, Redruth, 2018 

 

Made in response to discussions with the bakeries of Redruth and linking to the Ailleurs 2 project at Impact 10 Print Conference this installation records half the number of pasties baked in the town during a single day.

 

Each bakery donated one pasty and the prints were made using the direct contact method of Goyataku; usually used to record a fishing catch in Japan. Each print was stamped with a unique lino to identify which bakery they came from. As the day progressed the market stalls filled with prints. Three stalls had questions designed to generate the sharing of pasty secrets and stories.

 

Prints were shown at Impact 10 Print Conference and I made Cornish Pasties using Spanish ingredients for our potluck meal for conference delegates and the local community.

images  courtesy of Sarah Packer

Copyright Caroline Wilkins 2020

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