Jemima Wyman investigates the political potential of patterned fabric through photography, video, painting and social practice. Jemima is interested in generating and illustrating 'communal skins'. This term was devised by the artist to articulate the role of fabric as social camouflage. Her work aims to explore the formal, political and psychological potentiality of camouflage in reference to collective identity.
Jemima's artwork for Liverpool Biennal 2012 will extend on investigations carried out in her previous work while also exploring camouflage fabric as a material with symbolic links to violence and conflict. Donated second-hand camouflage and hunting t-shirts will be used as weaving material on hula hoop looms.
The Liverpool community is invited to meditatively weave with the artist while transforming objects of conflict (uniforms/hunting t-shirts) into objects of comfort (soft psychedelic weavings). All of these individual woven contributions will then be added together to cover the internal architecture at FACT. The process and final woven architecture will create space for group contemplation and conversation.
FACT would like to thank Parr Street Hotel, Oxfam, the British Heart Foundation, Barnardos, Jospice, The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation and Garston Animal Rescue for their generous support of this project.
Jemima Wyman's work is featured in Liverpool Biennial's online resource for teachers. View it here.