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United Nations International Year of Light 2015 interview, with Toby Shannon, May 2015

Art has always been my passion. My first words as a child, was to ask for the moon, as I wanted to bring its glowing light down to earth! At the age of 4 my parents brought me to a Kandinsky exhibition at the Guggenheim and I jumped around with joy! I was magnetically drawn to art to explore and express the beauty and rhythms I felt in being alive. I did a foundation course at Camberwell College of Art and a couple of years at Goldsmiths College during which time I was fascinated by sculpting the human form in clay and making small treasure-like objects, at a time when everyone was very political and writing on canvases. I wanted to make creations that were beauty-filled and I felt out of place in that era, so I took a year off. It took me 30 years to return, this time to the Art Academy in London to complete my fine art training.

I recently obtained an Arts Council Grant to fund my residency at Wac Arts, London. ‘Light-Life Ignite’ was developed during my 3 months there and took on a new life as an interactive installation – ‘Light-Life Ignited!’. This development happened in response to feedback and facilitating creative interactive workshops (Light-Life Igniting) with the young people in Wac Art programmes. ‘Light-Life Ignited!’ introduced an interactive digital component in this installation which made it completely different from my previous installations. When the viewer is in front of the installation, the projected light patterns change in response to the movement. For example on approaching the installation one person might trigger the light of a sun rising, representing constant light at the core illuminating all things, whilst another would trigger breaking through kaleidoscopic life patterns which are interactive.

During my time there, I delivered dialogue workshops between different art disciplines including light, sound, music, dance and movement and a range of different art materials and processes. My light installations and the light from it, acted as a central trigger for all the activities and as a source of inspiration. By flowing from one medium or approach to the next, relationship, unexpected creative flow and dialogue was enabled.It seems that using a variety of materials in dialogue with multi-disciplinary input across art forms (fine art, movement, music), helped to trigger innovative creative processes. According to a couple of tutors at Wac Arts, commenting after a music improvisation session with the young people in response to the light installation: “it was more than a music playing session, actually the art work (light installation) was bringing us all together to create like a collective inspiration”. “It was very relaxing, it made us play better together”.

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