Island was curated by Robin Tarbet of SWAP Editions. He invited 10 artists to make an edition of work responding to their concept of an island, as a real, imaginary or metaphorical space, sending each artist a specially designed crate to contain the edition. In addition, SWAP Editions collaborated with Skelf, who made an online web site for the project. Each artist was asked a series of questions about their island and these could be seen on Skelf’s interactive website www.skelf.org.uk concurrent with the physical exhibition at Creekside in Deptford, London in March 2020.
I chose to make work about Lomea. In legend, Lomea was an island in the English Channel, between England and France, until it submerged in around 1100 AD. It probably never existed but is where the Goodwin Sands, dangerous sandbanks notorious for shipwrecks, are located today. My edition consisted of ceramic pieces, allegedly a “hoard” found on Lomea island. Each of the ceramic pieces is a leaf shaped pendant, inspired by finds at Minster in Thanet of Roman artefacts which were offered to the goddess Luna, asking for fertility and abundance.
see: Lomea for ongoing work following this project