It is the start of a new project! I have been given the opportunity to work with eight other artists in an old victorian house - that is soon to be demolished - and create work in response to the building. Ideas of House vs. Home seem to be prominent themes as well as memory, past, history, life/death eg. the life cycle, family and traditions of the home are just some of the ideas running through the thread of the house.
My focus has been on memory within the house. How stripping back layers can reveal the history of a place, identity within objects of the families from the past.
It has led me to images of forgotten attics at the top of houses; holding old, forgotten and once precious trinkets and objects. These objects uncovering the identities of the past. Snippets of memories and stories untold ...
RESEARCH. RESEARCH. RESEARCH.
I have attempted to uncover the history behind our house in Trade St.
Which has proved difficult! A lot of history pops up around the time of the 1930's, but not quite for Trade St. (perhaps the street didn't exist yet?!) but for just the other side of Cardiff Central station. Temperance Town. A poor, working-class borough of Cardiff that was completely demolished for the building and extension of Cardiff Central station. Improving trading between Cardiff and England; as well as the rest of the United Kingdom, improving industrial trades and helping to give Cardiff its City status.
The question is how do I put this history into my work? or, how will this house tell the history?
Jodi ann Nicholson
I am a multidisciplinary artist. my training started at the Contemporary Dance School, TrinityLaban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Continuing developing my creative practice at Cardiff School of Art and Design in their Masters in Fine Arts course.