Full of Eastern Promise
By Blue Firth
A recent move back to the city of Nottingham has highlighted many socio-economic changes that are occurring within many of Britain's regional towns. One particular example being the second re-furbishment of the city's major shopping arena. This one space which through its history has encapsulated all consumer activity possible (the original use for the site was a railway station, it also comprises flats and a hotel ) has subsequently and still is an ever changing hub of high street staples and continuous testing ground for brands pioneering a capital style gentrification within regional areas. Without placing judgement on it's value, when transformation of such places occurs its mythologies can be bred, and in a purely psycho-geographical and hauntological sense this Sunscreen work plays directly with this sites original and possible future trans-morphism. Blue Firth's work focuses on encountering historical narratives, and how perception can be questioned through built environments and participatory events. What predominantly starts as a research based practice, manifests into staged physical forms, using illusionary patterns, bold graphics and abstracted recognisable motifs from popular culture. She has shown extensively throughout the UK and Europe, as well as having work in both public and private collections. Recent exhibitions/commissions include, Same Old, Same Old, 2013, The Architecture Space, The Royal Academy of Arts, London, It Is Something Like Tomrorrow, 2012, Hatton Locks, The Canals and Rivers Trust & Grand Union, and There Goes the Neighbourhood, 2011, Copenhagen Place, London. Firth has spoken publicly on themes including architecture, memory and counterculture, and broadcasts as half of Womens Hour a podcast celebrating women in music. She also designs and publishes artists books and artisan products as Pavilionary Press with designer Alex Crispin. Blue Firth studied at the Royal Academy of Arts (2012). She was born and currently lives and works in Nottingham. She has exhibited extensively with One Thoresby Street, Syson, and Moot galleries since 2005.