Esme Podmore is an artist from Stowmarket, Ipswitch. Her practice uses found and donated objects, things as diverse as potsherds dug up by chance and a bicycle with a specific personal history. Using these objects and her own text she creates work which explores memory and forgetting. By wrapping objects in strips of cloth or weaving across their surface in a process like that of mending through darning she enacts care upon the objects and the fragilely held memories associated with them. Esme took part in a residency with Suffolk Libraries in 2021 and she has exhibited at the Willesden Green Gallery, London among other locations.
Esme will use the space to explore a new arm to her practice creating works which explore experiences of voice hearing through engagement with objects belonging to voice hearers. This work would involve receiving a variety of objects from participants and responding to them through painting and drawing. She will then utilise various textile techniques to encase the objects for presentation alongside text relating to research into the experience. Esme will also experiment with various methods of presenting her work through artist’ books and publications, installations, film and audio.
Esme will hold a free artist talks to explore her practice and research with the public, specifically her proposed voice hearing project. She will also hold a couple of workshops (for adults and accompanied young people/children) where she will demonstrate her wrapping process and facilitate the public in wrapping their own object and writing their own memory text to accompany it.