Three Stranda to Tabatha’s work:
Play and colour
Sound and listening
the first slide is a moth: it hears sound through it belly and this interests Tabatha as she investigates how we hear and respond to sound. Second slide is the inner ear of a whale the size of a large fist, it represents the primal quality of sound.
Recently working with A hearing specialist Andrea Streit who is trying to regenerate the hair cells of the inner ear. This brought about a whole new experience of academia. Different languages of science and art that separated at the time of Aristotle.. The project included workshop with scientists exploring hearing and listening; hearing can be passive whereas listening is active. Using sensory deprivation embodied some of the changes to when hearing is damaged. An exhibition coming at Christmas working Andrea Streit and a Choreographer to make audience aware of their listening. Peace is made using paper and light from the window the sound of paper rolling becomes part of the piece and the visuals look something like a bit of viola. This is a way of recording the sound of actions. It is beautiful visually as well as engaging as we consider the sound the paper makes as part of the actions.
This year she was part of the exhibition spare parts she made large globes to put up to the air changing the hearing experience
She received funding in 2015 to produce a felt room which was shown in Karst and London. She use underlay to dampen the sound within the room. Arched to the walls in complex folds. Using a score for an Opera singer she demonstrated the sound effects of both the closed chamber and then the outside space. Within the chamber chamber the enabled the audience to hear the throat and the body it was an intimate performance contrasted with the outside space where this was not the case. This lead to a a corner piece exhibited at the Science Museum.
The dispensary enabled Tabatha to work with another community of people, those with dementia. Tactile objects made from wood worked with patients introducing a process of exchange this piece enables those who experienced it to reflect and to use their memory the objects went exactly like any one given object but had likenesses of familiar objects. This enabled collaboration with local wood turning experts and with the hospital and patients.
Most recent community engagement project has been the art weekender in which Tabatha worked with the community on union Street where Jeger used to have its studios and workshops. She set up a stall in the street with games to encourage public engagement to produce portmanteau that would be brought together to make a new thing. These large shapes where then hung together on the street, large pattern pieces in the Plymouth colours of green, red, black as almost a metaphor for reshaping and regeneration. It was difficult working on the street and that came with lots of extra responsibilities like T.V. and writing etc. Visually beautiful but not possible to leave them out unsupervised.
Has recently also been working with Autistic children in France setting up a centre for Autistic children that gives them a non institutionalised space and build up non verbal interactions,drifting from linguistic norms.
Tabatha’s work is such a strong example of excellence in practice and community and social consciousness.