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Rewiring our thinking post-lockdown

Artist and sculptor Sandie Sutton reveals all about Rewired, the E17 Art Trail’s sustainability-inspired exhibit. Penny Rutterford reports… How are [...]

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By Waltham Forest Echo 24 June 2021

Artist and sculptor Sandie Sutton reveals all about Rewired, the E17 Art Trail’s sustainability-inspired exhibit. Penny Rutterford reports…

How are you feeling about coming out of lockdown? Excited? Nervous? A little bit of both? 

When we chose our theme of Possible Futures for this year’s E17 Art Trail, we weren’t just thinking about emerging from lockdown. We were also thinking about how we are facing a climate crisis – and the impact that has on the work of artists in the materials they use, what inspires their work, and how they share that passion to shine a light on environmental issues. 

Forced to stay at home over the last year, perhaps we explored more of the green spaces and natural wonders on our doorstep. Will we continue to treasure and protect them as we get back to business? 

Artists Sandie Sutton, Abigail Brown and Helen Maurer are exploring that theme in a collaborative, immersive exhibition called Rewired, which will appear at Switchboard Studios as part of the trail. 

Helen Maurer’s projections will transform found materials collected on walks around E17, while Sandie and Abigail are creating a recycled menagerie of Walthamstow wildlife. 

Sculptor Sandie is used to working with reclaimed materials, her care and respect for the natural world often reflected in her work. 

“We were inspired to create an exhibition after noticing the amount of discarded rubbish which we saw throughout Waltham Forest after lockdown restrictions started to ease,” Sandie explains. 

“We had all become attached to and involved with the local plants and wildlife which we saw during our daily walks – and felt the mess of litter keenly. 

“We wanted to show an alternative reality, where a healthy, greener future could exist, moving away from the current careless disposal of rubbish and to focus on the connectivity of a healthy environment that helps to provide a place for all living things to thrive. 

“Our art practices include work within the community and in schools. Shared creative thinking is important. Imagination opens so many fresh avenues of thinking and approaches.” 

Rewired will be on display at Switchboard Studios (E17 5QJ) from 9th to 11th July 

Enjoy the E17 Art Trail from 1st to 18th July. For more info, visit E17 Art Trail’s website