Island was curated by Robin Tarbet of SWAP Editions who invited 10 artists to make an edition of work responding to their concept of an island, as a real, imaginary or metaphorical space. When he conceived of the idea he had been thinking about Brexit and the UK’s departure from the EU: but obviously with Covid 19 the theme of island seems even more relevant than Brexit as we all self isolate. Each artist was sent 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 until April 21st. There was a physical show of the editions at Creekside in Deptford, London in March, just before lockdown.
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 Roman artefacts which were offered to the goddess Luna, asking for fertility and abundance.
see: The gods that live in buckets and Lomea for ongoing work following this project