(h)edge kelektiv  2013 – 2016

A collaboration between Katrinka Wilson and Michelle Rheeston,  our name referred to the hedge witches, who lived on the edge and were  known for their alternative perspectives.  We worked as  contemporary hedge artists using dialogue in verbal and non-verbal forms as well as traditional skills and incongruent materials to create imaginitive  environments that suggested  alternative world views are possible.

Working with tromp l’oeil, performance and drawing, using materials such as tiny people, glitter and guilt, silver thread, wax and thread, text, sound and light. Assuming that reality is unstable, we tested where ‘realistic’ becomes unreal inviting people to suspend their belief and join us in the search for wonder.  

We  performed at In-Dialogue at the Nottingham Contemporary, joined with Red Nile to re-imagine a disused bank, participated in  investigating  the public realm of Stoke, provided the sets for the Rude Food Festival curated by Kaye Winwood at Edible Eastside and presented papers at two national conferences.

Work from Conjunction 14, The Glebe Pub. A series of small interventions that distorted the environment and challenged assumptions, including replacing the faces in the etchings with images of locals, disrupting surfaces and adding unexpected elements.

Dis-placement Lab 2014, Flaxman a theatre of the imagination, Flaxman Gallery 2014.

Multiple discrete interventions in the form of Tromp l’oeil using found objects drawing and painting techniques and guilding. Collectively these created a space for the curious to invent stories that might explain the inexplicable

‘In The Window’ Precipitation: April 14

The eclectic narrative of this piece delves into mythology and ritual, as well the transformational physical environment in both the natural and human world; it imagines a future where current forecasts come to pass – in a nod to the Jake and Dino Chapman, it offers a vision of a post-climate change world, with a wistful and hopeful slant. Critically, the underlying violence often represented in damnation and post-apocalyptic stories, are here rendered as sorrow evoked by the metaphor of rain; this sense of sadness however twists itself into something full of the potential of change and the possibility of a journey into new worlds. Like rain, this state of bewilderment, creates a new space out of which wonder, playfulness and invention emerge.

‘Gallery 5’: Performance and intervention, at the Nottingham Contemporary with the In-Dialogue Conference

Performing as  ‘(h)edge on site’  we gave a silent performance  creating an anarchic  intervention in the form of an additional Gallery

This included, planning, measuring, debate, assemblage and installing a sign and reception area for the new Gallery.