Never have in your boat a single inessential object

Artist in residence at ‘Making Art’, Union St, Maidstone. Mixed media installation based on a quote from Tove Jansson.

This room tells a story through objects I have made and selected.

‘Never have in your boat a single inessential object’, is a quotation from the Finish author Tove Jansson. I was drawn to the words because they seem so sensible and suggest the benefits of travelling light, both physically and spiritually. With this as my starting point I wanted to work quickly with materials, techniques and objects that I felt I could be spontaneous with. In the work I created a character who is setting sail in her boat with only ‘essential’ objects.

This is a story of mid winter, a warrior armed with arrows, her dress edged in tree bark and her skirt of jam jar pockets, crosses a landscape of discarded lampshades and paper plates. Looking on are a row of small chairs, waiting to be filled, watching for the story to begin. Alas my boat is too small, it will not hold a single essential object from this world.

Photographs by Artist and Fleur Alston.