October’s artist of the month is the multi-disciplinary marvel, Kaitlin, who has most recently been bringing creativity and laughter to residential care homes across Suffolk as part of our ‘Our Place’ project.
Name: Kaitlin Ferguson
Can you tell us a little bit about your own practice?
My work as an artist is multi-disciplinary; I use a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, sculpture and installation to explore the landscape and how we experience it. The work I create is very socially engaged and I enjoy working with communities and audiences from diverse backgrounds to deliver educational projects which inspire and empower. I now freelance for a range of nationally recognised institutions as well as many schools and colleges.
What’s been your favourite artistic experience of the past 12 months?
It has to be as part of the Suffolk Artlink Our Place project. At one of the care homes I worked with fellow artist Sophie Fox to create multi-sensory installations which transformed spaces around the home. Themes included the seaside, the circus and a forest. One afternoon I worked with a resident and their partner to bring the theme of the coast to their very laps. Being able to watch first-hand how this energised, soothed and brought joy to them both has to be my favourite moment of my practice this year.
Which Suffolk Artlink projects have you worked on to date?
How has working with Suffolk Artlink influenced your work?
Working on the Our Place project has been a pleasure and a truly humbling experience. Being able to use creative play to support individuals and families who have been touched by the effects of dementia has been empowering for my practice. Suffolk Artlink has supported me in creating ambitious outcomes that I wouldn’t have been able to bring to fruition on my own. This has inspired me to be as ambitious with my own work and the moments I create with audiences.
How would you describe Suffolk Artlink in 3 words?
Compassionate. Creative. Energising.
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