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Artist and wordsmith, whose work engages with issues of access, from acknowledged physical needs to perceived symbolic exclusions. After being selected as one of DAO's New Voices in 2011, Gini's online presence has become an integral part of her arts practice

Disabled - so what?

26 September 2011


I’ve written two blogs since day out in Chichester and not posted either of them, my self-preservation instinct over-riding everything. I need to overcome this paranoia. My fear is real, but what about the threat? The instinct to hide is a relic from my “dinosaur brain”. Threatened, like the wounded animal, I seek isolation, and I am so easily made complicit in my own marginalisation. Integrate. Hide. They shout from behind the barricade of “Normal.” Is this...

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Self actualization.

11 September 2011



North begins to whisper and sing to me at this time of year. It is a powerful influence on my work, but defies adequate expression. I don’t often try to research or explain this longing to travel north in winter and south in summer; I think of myself as a migratory being with an inverted compass, and I’d like to find a unique way to express it. Years ago a reference to Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” set me seeking and finding authors and poets who were trying to...

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Elusive artwork

8 September 2011



The artwork is biding its time. My mood needs to improve. I call on my muse to little effect. My day out is taking its toll. I would have shrugged it off if not for the disparaging emails that followed up my initially tentative criticism. Memories of fear and oppression have been awakened. Brown, with a slight bend like painfully produced turds, strategically placed fir-cones provoke instant hilarity; my laughter is unrequited. An anxious frown follows my slow rolling progress. If I did have...

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