Site-responsive artwork created during a week-long artist residency at Norwich Cathedral in 2015

Liminality,  fallen magnolia leaves and thread, 2015

Liminality, fallen magnolia leaves and thread, 2015

In July 2015 I took part in a week-long artist residency with three others organised by artist Christopher Minchin that accumulated in a group exhibition, Forever Building, consisting of site-specific artworks that had been created in response to the space.

The inspiration for work, Liminality, came about when I stepped outside the cathedral and picked up one of the many leaves that where scatted over the grass. The leaves I gathered were from a Magnolia tree which lives in the Cathedral grounds, behind the walls of Jesus Chapel from which the piece was installed in. I was inspired to work with this material because of the translucent stain-glass like qualities that the leaves have when held up to the sunlight and the look and texture of the browning leaves reminded me of the leather bound books I had been observing in the Cathedral library. The process of using thread to stitch each individual leaf together also felt reminiscent of the traditional craft of bookbinding.

Link to Magnolia Tree location

Link to Jesus Chapel