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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

A series of paper ballerinas some have been cut in half or had their heads cut off

Disconnected

Can I be semi-shielding? Like a semi-fledged bird, I'm not actually ready to leave my shelter. I've had a trial run leading up to this - a healthcare check that sees me approach the edges of town. Town is not reassuring. It is busier than I’d anticipated. I wear a mask ...

A sunny scene by a river with a tree. Paper ballerinas are superimposed onto the water

Going out

The moment arrived. I'd charged my power wheels overnight. Washed my face mask, cleaned my eye protectors. And practiced mindful relaxation. I was ready. It occurred to me to postpone. I had not actually left my property for 102 days. There was no urgent reason to set out on this particular ...

Digital artwork featuring 4 bubbles with a leaf inside, inside that is a paper cut out of a dancer

Bubbles

I've long suspected that I live in a yoyocracy. A place where the people governing/pretending they know what they’re doing, recycle their directives so that the up/down, back/forth juggling movement gives an approximation of an attempt at progress - which may, or may not, be synonymous with improvement. They change up ...

A paper ballerina inside a circle, set against a background of pen and ink illustrated lines and patterns

Hope

I've been floating in the space named isolation. Floating with no breeze, no current, to inspire resistance. Nothing to motivate vague tentacles of curiosity to drop anchor. To stay. My words withdraw in protective whorls of introspection, become individual letters, fonts, images. My images dissolve into atoms of ink, flavours of ...

A series of paper figures overlaid on black and white leaves

Is isolation good for the imagination?

Is isolation good for the imagination? For the creative process? Nothing has changed and yet...my room has walls of sunshine - a roof of sky and a window of unpredictable weather with gusts of laughter. It has eyes on the moon and ferns unfurling round my feet. My room is here ...

Paper ballerina propped up against books. All of their titles have been changed to read This is a Government Broadcast

Brainwashing

I'm getting quite used to my new normal, This Is A Government Broadcast, I've had to introduce some noise into my life. Not the neighbours lawnmowers or power tools, but background sounds that will distract from my tinnitus. I use This Is A Government Broadcast the tv rather than music, because ...

Digital artwork shows a grey kitten lying behind 6 paper cut out ballerinas

Breaking sense

As a frequent traveller, I found it impossible to keep pets. I was touched when a great friend of mine appointed me godmother to her new kitten, Alfie. Alfie was a house cat and my friend’s house was not accessible, consequently when I wanted to visit my godkit he was brought ...

A paper ballerina against a black background, next to a paper star with numbers tumbling below it

Solitude

Something that surprises me is the difference it makes having time. There seem to be different types of time. One is where I have time to do the things I need to do to function as well as I can. In 'normal' life I find it hard to ringfence this ...

A ballerina made from cut out paper against a reflective windowpane

Will things change?

One month in and I could be the only life left on earth. Except ...I am blessed with food, delivered to my porch regularly. The house next door might be empty, but for the occasional light, the delusion of laughing people scurrying past my garden hedge. This could be virtual reality. Stuff that would ...

A tin of tomatoes with a series of white paper figures gathered around it

Having enough

I thought I'd be better at this. Sixteen days in and I'm losing it. I have a tin of tomatoes sitting on my kitchen table. I've had to write my way through an awful lot of painful stuff to get this far. I’ve moved through initial irony and gratitude to guilt and ...

A bowl of fresh fruit and vegetables next to a paper cut of a ballerina

Becoming human

One week in and I managed to place an online grocery order – just before the supermarket ran out of capacity. So, I had food and the all-important loo roll. I don’t hoard – it unsettles me. My fresh fruit and veg looked glorious. The colours, the gleam on the red bell-peppers, ...

Envelope held onto glass with fragile tape

Self Isolating

I do actually like my own company - which is just as well. I have friends who pale at the mere idea of being alone with themselves. And I am fortunate in having space. With both a house and a garden, I have options. Since acquiring wheels I have become accustomed to ...

A public sign in Japanese imploring people to wash their hands and that security is in place

‘Self’ distancing

Ages ago I became a contact-free zone. People no longer offered to shake my hand. Hugging has become almost extinct. Today I reap the benefits of years of involuntary social distancing. (How good we have a name for it) And to think I moaned, crept into a silent defensive shell or protested ...

Dragon by Gini

Last in the Travels series: Performance with Tam Gilbert

Cascading down through the gears just as fast as I could, I braked, eased the car off the track and swung open the door; hanging my head out into the breeze, I waited for my guts to erupt. I certainly didn't want to mess up the interior of the Ferrari. I ...

Drawing by Gini

Poetry workshop with Becci Louise; 5th in the LinkUpArts ‘Travels’ series

Asked to draw myself using only triangles, circles and lines, I'm apt to take things very literally. It sounds a geometric exercise. I go for the triangular head and some smaller triangular spikes for hair, before our workshop leader mischievously explains that the lines can be wiggly ones. I'm geometrically committed, ...

doodle with the face of a creature drawn with simple line and shading

Notes from a scriptwriting workshop

Just look at me and concentrate. That, I think, might have freaked me out. No. No, no. It was good. We paired up and concentrated hard with each other as we were each asked to think of a tune. It's amazing how much your face conveys. Some of us guessed ...

doodle with the face of a creature drawn with simple line and shading

Pitch Yourself: on the pleasures and pitfalls of publishing with Penny Pepper

On 1 July LinkUpArts brought Penny Pepper to Salisbury Arts Centre to lead us through a workshop. The sun shone and there was a buzz of anticipation in the room. Today was not just another creative explosion, today was getting down to the nitty-gritty of publishing. A screen covered the ...

doodle with several faces drawn with simple line and shading in the foreground and a large claw, in the foregorund

Fledgling Fiction: adjusting my fictional satnav with Allan Sutherland

Last night I dreamed I went to Manderley again - a sentence that had me clinging haphazardly to my mother's childhood. The mental maps I construct and reconstruct of my lived experiences flickered into action, like a satnav just poised to be programmed. 'Rebecca' was part of my mother's teenage. I ...

doodle with several faces drawn with simple line and shading in the foreground and a large eye, in the background

We are living stories: in remembrance of Sophie Partridge

From waking to sleeping our lives exist in stories. Graphic designers weave magical lines through our shower gel and breakfast cereal; fact and fantasy clothe us and form our impressions of health and happiness; media selections colour our days louder, bolder and brasher. City planners lay down the scenery, politicians ...

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 ...

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