SCULPTURE

FN: Maid in Waiting

3D Object to house score created for "Of Sound in the Landing Page" 2016

Burning to Speak

Thought Positions on Sculpture (group show), Huddersfield Museum & Art Gallery 2015

Scaffold, wood, found objects & porcelain

Photo credit: Jamie Collier

 

The Life Voyager’s Tea Service

Commission for ‘Art Social 15,’ House of St Barnabas, London 2015

Inflatable, china tea service & custom designed tin of biscuits

Photo credits: Diana Jarvis, Matthew Booth, Simon Quinn

The Life Voyager’s Tea Service

September 2015

 

The Life Voyager’s Tea Service is a site-specific installation devised by Hester Reeve especially for Art Social 2015. It is commissioned by The House of St Barnabus, an innovative charity located in the centre of London, which combines a private members club for socially engaged folk downstairs, the proceeds from which fund an independent academy upstairs which mentors former homeless people in the development of life and job skills.

Hester has responded to the festival theme ‘Maslow’s Pyramid of Needs: Shelter’ by producing three connected elements celebrating the role of language in self-growth, community bonding and the achievement of a meaningful sense of existence. The artist has focused her interpretation on the significance of language for any individual voyaging to achieve a meaningful life and in particular to those individuals receiving mentorship within the House of St Barnabas. Through talking together, life stories get shared and concerns find solutions enabling individuals to achieve self-development and make firm footholds in the journey to social belonging and domestic fulfillment. In such a way, shared language can be celebrated as the fundamental shelter of humans, as expressed by the philosopher Martin Heidegger when he wrote, “Language is the House of Being.”

The first element of the artwork will not be hard to miss - a 4-meter high teapot in Soho Square which aims to welcome the many visitors passing through the park to the festival whilst broadcasting the work of the charity. The teapot will be hosted by a ‘life voyager,’ one of the mentees of the charity’s employment program, who will invite people into conversation. Both the teapot and the hosts’ apron proclaim T (talk), E (exchange), A (arrive). Inside the nearby House of St Barnabus building the second element of the artwork will be installed as part of the festival’s art exhibition, a bone china tea-service hand-painted with inscriptions created by former homeless people in relationship to the life voyager theme and decorated with motifs by the artist. The third element, which the artist regards as the most important of the commission, is a specially designed tin of biscuits bearing the inscription “Language is the House of Being.” These can not be viewed (or eaten!) by the public but belong ‘behind the scenes’ where they will be distributed though out the Academy’s offices to recognise the staff who make the charity’s goals, which are very much in line with Maslow’s, a reality.

The artist would like to credit the following for their inscriptions: Dominic Luke (teapot inscription) and Sammy Barrah, Fatmata Koroma, Tony Mitsing, John Smallshaw and Ki Yoong.

A film made by one of the mentees of the House of St Barnabas about the commission can be seen here:

Homage to Plato

From solo show Temple of the Muses, Yorkshire Sculpture Park 2014

Funded by Arts Council England

Good Old Aunt Sally

Ymedaca - One Day Academy, Yorkshire Sculpture Park 2014

Funded by Arts Council England

Photo credit: Jonty Wilde                                                                                    

Photo credit: Jonty Wilde