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|Sam Winston -
One Thinks of Another
Sam Winston, whose art focuses on language, investigated its use in the worship
of Newport Quaker Meeting House. He examined the differences between the spoken
and written word and how each carried a particular resonance.
Comments by members of the Quaker Meeting: "The degree of interest and the
interaction between the participating faiths was remarkable"; "Deep and
intriguing dialogue"; "There are continuing unexpected outcomes - more
sharing."; "People who had no interest in art took part in the project. They
found it so rewarding."
Project: Winston's work is always about text - whether it is inside language, in
typography or even in the structure of a book. His remarkable insight into how
words behave is founded on his research into existing patterns and prevalent
themes. His interest in the rich relationship between language and the sacred
was shared by the Quaker group. The project reflected the sense of spirit in
Quaker worship, particularly during the giving of ministry.
The resulting artwork, in the form of a minimal play, focussed on the Quakers'
emphasis on the meeting rather than on the place of worship. Entitled One Thinks
of Another conscious thought is attributed to this exquisitely encased three act
play which is attempting to remove every bit of itself in order to become part
of every day life. It seemed to Winston that the Quakers' worship held certain
similarities with this art form.
On a visual level, using certain types of everyday words and phrases, Winston
explored the more vibrant character of speech language as opposed to the less
energetic written word.
Winston's artwork was one of six artists' books produced for the Art and Sacred
Places Six Sacred Sites project in collaboration with 'aspex' gallery,
Portsmouth, 'The Winchester Gallery' and 'Hampshire Sculpture Trust'. The
project was designed to explore the range of ways in which a location may be
regarded as sacred and to reflect on the enduring power and significance of the
notion of sacredness in our society.
Six Sacred Sites exhibitions and events included:
23rd September to 16th October, 2006 - Basingstoke Hindu Society, Carnival Hall
28th October to 19th November, 2006 - Portsmouth Anglican Cathedral
19th November, 2006 - RoadPeace Service for World Day of Remembrance for Road
8th January, 2007 - South Wonston Primary School
13th January to 17th February, 2007 - Rope Store Gallery, Quay Arts, Newport,
Isle of Wight - Meeting Place of the Newport Quaker group
23rd February to 18th March, 2007 - Aspex Gallery, Vulcan Building, Gunwharf
6th July to 2nd August, 2007 - The Winchester Gallery
13th July 2007 - Artists' Book Symposium with UWE and Winchester School of Art
Project funders and supporters: Arts Council England SE, Hampshire County
Council, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, Portsmouth City Council,
Winchester City Council, aspex gallery, University of Southampton