Vishwa Shroff is the current Clarke Griffiths Levine Birmingham Artist in Residence, and she is two weeks into her residency month.
Here is an update of her time so far, including some images from her sketch book and the experience in her words.
"I walk about, everything is familiar and yet I am lost, as if I had never seen it before. The familiarity allows me to locate my self but I remain disoriented, absorbing these somewhat new surroundings. A window here, a door there, I know this place. I used to eat my lunch on those steps and walked this route everyday. The fountain has a nickname and I know what it is. But just there was the sandwich shop and its gone now, replaced by something I know from somewhere else. The blue circular window catches my eye, I wonder if I have seen it before or is it the blue of the tiles that catch my attention? I am lost in this conscious game of memory and discovery. I keep walking, and as one day blurs into the next, so does this game. By the end of two weeks, I am not sure anymore of what is a memory from a long time ago and what it is I just found yesterday.
A disjointed landscape appears from these sightings and it is within these that I continue to play. Resembling a dollhouse, that game where many small pieces can be rearranged to make stories. The stories are different for everyone, and I wonder if a drawn landscape has the capacity to evoke memory for those who walk through it.
Memory is of course effervescent, a sensation that has the power to induce emotion as if it were right here right now. For the next two weeks of this residency I will experiment with this attributes to see if the installation resembles such a quality while allowing others to take some new memory away with them. "
Vishwa Shroff, 20th May 2012
Caitlin Griffiths and Vishwa Shroff at our first group session
Here are some images from Vishwa's past practice