I would Like to Get to Know You Better (2012-13)

A residency at the University of Lincoln supported by the Artists Access to Art Colleges scheme (AA2A)

‘I’d Like to Get to Know You Better,’ documented a journey of trust and friendship between myself and 9 people who I had previously encountered creatively either in a digital or physical environment. I developed the concept for my residency through reflecting on how at the time, my participative practice was slipping between 2 different spaces. I came to realise that irrespective of where the work took place, I had a need to make meaningful, authentic connections that went beyond ‘surface level’ interactions. My ability to nurture these connections in physical spaces was often restricted by short timeframes dictated by project funding and although my online projects were more open-ended, communicating asynchronously could feel stilted and 2 dimensional (these were the pre video call/instant messaging/group chat days).

I was curious to see if I could build trust and friendship with people who I had encountered either as participants in projects rooted in physical spaces or collaborators in digital environments, by altering the context of our interactions. I selected nine people to collaborate with me (based on their ‘interestingness’) and we embarked on a transformational journey of creative exchange. By using a series of 3 physical interventions, I invited my collaborators to share with me their relationship with an object, a place, and a space of personal value. This turned out to be the most incredible life affirming experience.

The resulting body of work included pinhole, Polaroid and 35mm photographs and was created with the support of the University of Lincoln, who through the AA2A scheme provided the facilities, equipment, and technical support to make the project a reality. The residency also included a group exhibition with my fellow AA2A Artists at the Sam Scorer gallery in Lincoln and a school’s workshop. You can find out more about the project here.

You can view a slideshow of images from this project here.