The Onca Trust / 14 St George’s Place, Brighton, BN1 4GB, UK
6th – 23rd January 2016
Wed to Fri: 12-7pm, Sat-Sun: 11-6pm
What does ‘home’ mean? How do we ‘nest’ and what happens when our ability to nest is compromised?
Environmental artist Jill Parsons explores these questions in her new exhibition Nesting, working with those in temporary or impermanent accommodation, travellers and the homeless.
Together, they have created a forest of fragile ceramic nests downstairs at the ONCA Gallery. Each nest was made by a different participant. During this process, they shared their stories which have been used to create a soundtrack for the exhibition, weaving together tales of home; homes lost, homes loved and homes created from nothing.
The centrepiece of the exhibition is a large wicker construction, part human nest/part garden gazebo, this in itself is lovely but as you crawl into the space it has a warm feeling to it that only natural material can give off.
Downstairs a film area has been made in a small space of trees with bird plaster nests and a soundtrack recording of homeless people on the streets explaining their feeling about what home means – I found this the most compelling thing about the exhibition.
There is a huge debate right now about the dumping of homeless people in Brighton and evidence of many deaths on the streets, so it feels like a well timed exhibition.