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Gini

Artist and wordsmith, whose work engages with issues of access, from acknowledged physical needs to perceived symbolic exclusions. After being selected as one of DAO's New Voices in 2011, Gini's online presence has become an integral part of her arts practice.

Posts by Gini

photo of a billboard with the message 'pull yourself together'

Pull Yourself Together?

My accessible route to Salisbury Arts Centre involves a gauntlet-run through a series of bus-queues of tired, stressed out, heavily laden people who don't need the added agro of making space for a woman on wheels - especially when the area is full of scaffolding. Wheelchairs could just be the ...

image of a cormorant superimposed on a swan

Same old swan

I roll out of bed into a standing position. I learned this back at the rehab unit (donkeys years ago) after my op, it puts less pressure on the spine. Gulp! Overwhelmed with giddiness I roll back down onto my bed. Standing is out. This might be a good time to ...

A digital collage depicting pink, green and blue knives with pencil sketchings in the background

know your wolf…

Move on back, move on back and the windscreen wipers go swish swish swish, move on back, move on back and the wheels on the bus go round and round, move on back, move back on. Round and round, move on back and the words in my head go round and round, move back on, jumbled up. jumbled up, ...

'Life is simple, open your mind, your arms and your heart to new things and people.' These words were given to me for a project in Japan. The colours were given to me as I contemplated the jewels of plastic flatware.

the one I feed / 9 March 2016

Complicit in the great epodic downfall of poet writing only for poet? Yet who else should I write for? If not for me? I write my way through the confusion that is the why of my existence, and I am the man in the street, the whatever; the couch potato. The manic and bedraggled loneliness feeding stray cats; I am ...

clearing the table after a meal, I felt suddenly enlightened by the children's plastic cutlery - pretty soon I was immersed in a greater simplicity of perception - 'yoghurt on blue' is the first in a series I feel no need to explain...

It never had to be perfect / 8 March 2016

I listened to the tree breathing. I listened in the silence of high white cloud lazing over turquoise gleam; the firmament listened as tree-breath settled awesome round my warm and languid body. I listened to the tree drinking, drawing the fallen sky into its gnarled limbs as my own knotted and twisted with time. I listened to the tree singing ...

On a graduated background, white to gold, a rather wonky sketch of a wheelchair utilizes a pair of pen and inked wings to look impressive. Totally unlike the timetravelling wheelchair in the 'me and...' series, this one still works in the same way - utilizing artwork like words. Similar to language, where the same words can say many different things, digital images can be endlessly recomposed.

Opulent Mobility / 28 July 2015

Some years ago, after a chat about 'This is not Disability Art' I started my own 'This never used to be Disability Art' project. Just me and Photoshop; with no thought or ambition for the work to ever escape the confines of the files on my computer. Then I got a ...

I like Verdana, but there are fonts I like better. Choosing one that works on a website is not just a matter of taste, you need to get into the mind of the person doing those typography things, like kerning. And why do font foundries include desktop only fonts in their top webfont choices? I know, its all about money...

type caste / 1 July 2015

How exciting it is to stumble upon someone who speaks like a kindred spirit...hello Twitter and the Internet. And how galling to discover that this exciting spirit articulates what they do so very much better than I do... I'm not ignoring the acts of government evil #disabilityconfident is just one more nail...(LinkUpArts ...

The Steinbeck quote: By disparagement, by starvation, by repressions, forced direction, and the stunning hammerblows of conditioning, the free, roving mind is being pursued, roped, blunted, drugged. It is a sad suicidal course our species seems to have taken.

Making: ‘Worth Fighting For’ / 9 June 2015

There are stages in my practice where the artwork production can get a little, dare I say it, tedious? If I were an old master, I would have apprentices, or Damien Hurst and I would have minions - to make dots on the canvas or to take care of the repetitious. I however, ...

Four white tubes in decreasing lengths, displayed in a box lined with silver stars. Each tube has a title: 'Creatives in Con,Text, the major scroll; Con.Text within FLINT, the minor scroll; Endelig, the secret scroll and last but not least the shortest tube Con.Text by Gini. A simple solution, but what a dithering journey I took to get to this presentation.

Gini: Con.Text: the major and minor scroll

Gini was awarded a Diverse Perspectives commission to make creative responses to conversations with artists and audiences at Salisbury Arts Centre over a three-month residency during summer / autumn 2012. The series of extended poems, which Gini produced as scrolls, give a creative insight into peoples' reactions to work exhibited and ...