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sarah is a southampton based artist working with people and other animals to record the everyday through living, dying, knitting and feminism.
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a quick bit of fun at the cultural city conference in #southampton, asking delegates to think about how the city's cultural future might look. we then processed the placards across the parks to the @john_hansard_gallery where we pledged our promises to our fine city with wine.
conversations have begun
pam is busy, brilliant, big - i’m cautious around her, aware of her size and her current maternal mission. i feel that she is less wary of me and more inquisitive. have been with her several times now where she has relaxed into her wallow or continued on her way around the field, leaving me with the kids quite happily. once I lifted a piglet over the gate because it was stuck on the other side - it squealed, and she was on it immediately. no room to be complacent.
for 3 years, a growing, changing group of southampton residents have met monthly to 'knit the walls'. a community has formed through hours of cumulative knitting: predominantly women, each takes a feminist stance through the action of contribution, all persons equal within the project.
southampton’s old town nestles within medieval stone walls - how can we access the stories held by the stones? ‘knit the walls’ invites knitters to make connections with women of the past, through actions now – together we talk, wonder, and knit, and by implication, write the forgotten women of herstory back into the ancient stones. a soft, warm, protective, functional, decorative record of knitters today grows ever larger: the countless knitted stones holding, in their stitches, the time and relations of their makers, as the old walls hold energies and records of the city’s past.
i have shared agency with the knitters, and this has yielded unexpected presentations of the work already. regular knitters have confidence to take the knitted stones and make free with them! there are sections of wall already constructed; there are knitted suits – an outcome from trying to imagine ‘being’ the walls; and video projections of the knitted suit wearers eerily ‘animating’ the stones.