Heart and Minds brings "powerful resonance" of found objects to Festival of North East

By Culture24 Reporter | 18 June 2013

Exhibition preview: Heart and Minds, Dalton Park, Murton, until June 23 2013

A photo of a female artist standing next to a mannequin wearing a plastic bag as a dress
The University of Sunderland's Angela Sandwith, whose materials include the cot she played in as a child, gets close up to one of her recycled works
Who knew that this week is National Recycling Week? Working with a jumble of recycled and found objects, artist Barrie West and University of Sunderland lecturer Angela Sandwith have formulated a display of unfinished walls, naughty underwear, floating parcels, man-birds, skies made from soldiers and “fossils from the future”, all ensconced in a shopping mall as part of the Festival of the North East.

“I passed the site every day on my way to school,” says Sandwith, the university’s head of Design and Technology.

“It is the best possible space for Heart and Minds. In the short time the exhibition has been open we have had many families in, with children particularly interested in talking to an artist about their work.

“I have strong ethical concerns about recycling. Materials are important to my work and I use them as metaphors.”

Sandwith has included the cot she navigated as a child during the 1950s. Barrie, meanwhile, says found pieces can hold a “powerful resonance.”

“The object’s previous use and previous existence inform the art and the message,” he hypothesises.

“Heart and Minds gets back to basics, back to family values, and back to hearth and home, which should still remains the focus for any community.”

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