Girl's Gotta Do
"A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do." Southwark Park, London, April 2013
Pink Splodges on painting 'Habibi', concrete path in Southwark Park, and 'Girl's Gotta Do' sculpture. April 2013
Broken roof slate and coloured dust is recycled for the third time, with unidentified found white stuff, creating a portal in Southwark Park. The white was gradually painted, echoing some abstract works that were taking place in the studio at the time.
Simone Koch, photographer, helped to photograph the event using medium format film with a Hasselblad camera.
When the installation commenced, Simone questioned my making the piece right in the middle of the path. I replied, “a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do”.
Later, in the midst of my painting activity, I overheard Simone explaining to a complaining passer by that I was making my art and why shouldn’t it be made here? The passer by declared it wasn’t art. Simone defended the work brilliantly and the woman went off to complain to the park management. I was able to complete the painting and photography piece without interruption and with interaction from fascinated children.
This is a park I passed through most days to reach my studio in Bermondsey, stopping at a bench by the lake as the seasons changed, feeding the ducks in rain, snow, sun and fog. The specific place that the temporary sculpture / painting was made often had a sense of stillness.
'A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do'. Mixed media installation and photography piece. April 2013, Southwark Park, London
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