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1 December 2005

drawing of a red frog crossing a blue step

Urban Regeneration (Coloured pencil and ink on paper) (c) Sue Williams

This series of pictures is called Urban Regeneration and comes from my experience of living in central London and exploring some of the back streets of Kennington. The history in the back streets is loaded with references to Bedlam. Bedlam Mews is a street in Kennington and Hercules Road is where William Blake lived.

I felt that there was a relationship between the hidden lives of disabled people in London and the relationship with the city environment as a whole (not just the built environment) which explores notions of alienation, unacceptability, being somewhere where you shouldn't be, transience, invisibility and vulnerability. So I began by placing exotic or unusual animals in London streets. I then became fascinated by the signage and painting on the roads and began to bring them together. The series is developing. Urban Regeneration: Capybarra in Borough Market is the most recent (and is still work in progress) I want to continue exploring with scale and context. I hope that people connect with them in some way.

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Comments

AL Daffern

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28 March 2014

Really like your idea and execution Sue. You helped me a lot at Artlink and I really appreciate that. I now work visually more than poetry.Hope you are well :-)

Alison T

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27 June 2013

Am really interested in your work and theme. I'm a disabled artist too but would love it if we could have a private chat please. email me at any time. Thanks

Col

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25 September 2009

I love this work - it gives a subtle and humourous message on how as disabled people we are taken out of our comfort zones in the environment.

David Feingold

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23 September 2009

Brilliant concept and execution!

alex beesley

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17 March 2009

Hi Love your work It lends it self to animation movemnt you should give it a go. will email soon alex

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