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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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