Category Archives: Essays

Interviews from Intimacy stages / Active Empathy, Auckland

I did two interviews; one with Artists Alliance, one with Phantom Billstickers, about this project. Read more here: Interview | Sian Torrington http://0800phantom.co.nz/interview-sian-torrington-intimacy-stages-active-empathy/

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A feminist proposal

This post is a beginning and end of a show, ish. The work began before the proposal, and it will continue beyond this show. But I wanted to be generous, and share what I wrote, and then what became of it. I made a decision about a year ago to start writing proposals that really said what I mean, what I really want to do, and use the language I really believe in. This is the result; Continue reading

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weaving in, weaving out

Weaving in, weaving out, is about femininity, expression, colour, difficulty and the skills we have learnt to create homes and spaces for ourselves. Being on a residency means having to build a temporary home in a new country. This home … Continue reading

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In female company

Yesterday two women came and built with me. Wrapping, twisting, layering. I warned them in advance to bring messy clothes, and they weren’t afraid of heights or climbing. Sometimes climbing, sometimes clambering, we found ways to get up, stay up, … Continue reading

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Stages of making

Stages of making; Opening, listening, searching Collecting based on attraction with no judgement Sifting Trials, experiments, allowing Writing making drawing photographing Collecting. Making visible Remembering, Step back Step back in Trust Fear Trust Doubt Doing and doing some more Tidy … Continue reading

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I’m building a palace

When people ask me “what are you doing?’ I’m starting to say, I’m building a palace. A cane palace, he asks, and I say yes, and there will be paper, and fabric, and shiny parts. It’s kind of amazing how … Continue reading

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Construction and deconstruction

Going to see the Ganesha statues being made (should I call them statues, or icons?) on the street reminded me of many of my most treasured childhood memories. Where I grew up, in a small town in Somerset, there was … Continue reading

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