Fine Art graduate and winner of the University of Kent’s Vice Chancellor 2013 Prize, Natasha Pocock, will have her award-winning work recreated the University of Kent’s Rutherford Dining Hall on the Canterbury campus from 11-15 November, 2013. Visitors are welcome and encouraged to come along and view Natasha’s progress throughout the week.
Natasha was a Fine Art postgraduate student at the School of Music and Fine Art and her performance installation follows the same ethos of her work which featured in the Fine Art Degree show exhibition ‘Joining the Docks’, which took place at the Chatham Historic Dockyard earlier this year. Her previous piece explored issues of identity and passage of time through textiles, sculpture and performance with a focus on Dockyard-specific history. It will be based on garment construction and crochet to recreate the passage of time through textiles.
Natasha said: ‘I have been seduced by the Chatham Dockyards historical content, feeling compelled to respond to Kent’s archives concerning the haunting aspects of the female workers lives on site. Specifically [for this piece] I have responded to an article found in the ‘Black & White Magazine’ calling for Victorian women to apply their skills to the Sail and Colour Loft based at the Historical Chatham Dockyard. The work described to be ‘delicate, clean and light work, ideally suited to women.
As well as visiting the installation, visitors are encouraged to submit questions to Natasha, via Tasha.Pocock@live.co.uk. Questions will be answered each day during a 1-2pm interlude.
‘I am looking forward to creating a new piece for visitors at the Canterbury campus I will be in performance installation should anyone like to attend from 10am until 5pm and on the Thursday until 9pm. It is an extension of ‘Master in Command’ developed at Chatham” says Natasha.
Since graduating, Natasha work has been on display at the Galvanize exhibition at the London Barbican. She is also exhibiting at the Horsebridge Gallery in Whitstable throughout November and December, with the sculptural work on display for this exhibition developed from her London Barbican experience.