Fungus Press Residency // Flora Hunt // Sticky Dusty Car Park Witch
// 10 Dec 2019 – 29 Feb 2020
// At Sites Around Croydon; Turf Projects (Keeley Rd CR0 1TF), Wandle Park, Reeves Corner, Park Hill Park
This series of posters constructs a fantasy world where physical interactions with objects and sites around Croydon lead to supernatural, folkloric experiences. These works take the form of instructions, prompting ritualistic interactions with the surroundings of the work. They suggest a physical action, such as lying down in a car park or burying your feet in earth, and construct a narrative around the imagined outcome.
The texts were written after a walk around Croydon listening to music in the rain. They attempt to access the absurdity and melodrama of teenage angst, in order to address a desire for transformation through fantasy, and a search for intimacy – in this case through connection to land and public space.
The works humorously imagine a blurring of lines between the viewer and their environment, a seeping in to each other, a dust covered stickiness as you move through Croydon, leaving marks and being consumed. The texts reference existing geographies and histories of nearby sites and landmarks, such as the river Wandle, which runs beneath Croydon, combined with literary references and imagined pasts and futures.
The lettering on the posters appear as if constructed from scraps and traces of their environment, in pencil rubbings and bits of sludge from unknown sources, further blurring the boundary between fiction and reality, and between an inner, fantasy world and a physical embodied experience.
// FLORA HUNT
Flora Hunt’s work explores a desire to be more than, or further than one’s own body. She makes sculpture and writing that attempts to construct imaginative space for a spilling-out of inner worlds in to physical experience. Her work considers yearning, need and bodily alienation, and how these conditions relate to experiences of gender, relationships and public space.
Recent projects include FUN!, curated by GRAFT, Lancaster (2019); Leighton in Collaboration, Leighton House, London (2019) Let Me Entertain You, Enclave, London (2018); Draw out the figure that you will make, EMBASSY, Edinburgh (2018); Icebreaker, The Carnival Centre, Glasgow (2018); Skarrach, Crownpoint Project Space, Glasgow (2018); Wish You Well, Basic Mountain, Edinburgh (2017). Flora took part in Hospitalfield’s graduate residency in 2018. She lives and works in London and is a studio member at Turf Projects.
// ABOUT FUNGUS PRESS
As concerns grow regarding the privatisation of public spaces across London, and elsewhere, Fungus Press invites artists, designers & writers to respond to Croydon’s public spaces through a series of newly commissioned billboard artworks.
Sites include; Wandle Park’s community garden and pond; Park Hill Park’s walled garden; and Reeves Corner. The programme of artworks is complimented by a series of other works, including; published texts, walking tours and an audio guide.
The text-based posters aim to discuss and celebrate the importance and potential of Croydon’s public spaces, offering alternative ways to navigate the area; both geographically and temporally. They speak of Croydon’s untold past and its yet to be written future; reasserting the essential role that green spaces play throughout civic life: from articulating our sense of place, to encouraging democratic engagement.
The Reeves Corner structure was designed by George Chinnery. This structure uses visual signifiers from its immediate environment, including the ‘House of Reeves’ furniture shop and the Reeves Corner roundabout’s white picket fence. The structure also references the recent history of the area, commemorating the Reeves’ family furniture shop, part of which was sadly burnt down in Croydon’s 2011 riots.
The Park Hill Park noticeboard was designed and made by artist & woodcarver Esme Toler.
View previous Fungus Press Residencies here and past commissions (pre-residency) here.