Each year we commission an artist to create an artwork to help us promote the art fair, this year's commission is by Karta Kaur and is called Adjustments.
Adjustments was built using 3 different support structures: a roadworks cone, a plastic lid and a box, so that the clay could be supported whilst modelling. The support structures allow the clay to stiffen and strengthen. Without support structure all the separate components cannot be worked on and progressed. The material and the way I handle it become both a metaphor for my chronic illness and a process of adjustments necessary to reach a final objective.
This work includes reflections on Covid-19 and the need for public buildings to make adjustments for all (distancing, masks). Prior to Covid-19 adjustments in public buildings were aimed at disabled people (ramps etc), but now they are globally needed to alter individual and collective patterns of behaviour.
The commission, its setting (hospital grounds) and the timing (Covid-19) reflect our shared preoccupation for health and interaction.
The figures are sat in isolation while looking at their smart phones. There is a parallel between the enforced isolation due to Covid19 measures and the isolation I experience in my life because of the limitations imposed by a chronic condition. The layer of restrictions imposed by Covid19 measures feel like an amplification of what I experience all the time, and the electronic device is a shared portal to interaction with the outside world. - Karta Kau