“The Imaginary Happenings of Hospitalfield” is the most recent series of works exhibited at Gallery@oxo, Southbank, London during October 2013.
The series of five boots were made as an outcome of preliminary sketches made at Hospitalfield House during the Royal Overseas League annual artist residency in 2010. "The Imaginary Happenings Of Hospitalfield" explores the alternative realities of being removed from the everyday modern life and how our imaginations can transport us to see our world anew.
All of the imagery adorning these boots has been Illustrated with pencil, hand carved onto raw vegetable tanned leather, and painted with stains and paints in layers by hand. Each boot explores a story influenced by the history and unique experience of spending time living and working at Hospitalfield.
The style of boot referenced by the series is a carriage boot. As the name would suggest these boots were worn by women while riding as a passenger in a carriage pulled by a horse during the late 19th Century. These fur trim boots were worn in the carriage to keep feet warm, not to step foot on the ground outside. Stored within Hospitalfield April Phillips was shown a carriage hidden under white dusty drop sheets, a relic from this time.
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