Everyone has struggle of one sort or another in their life, and we all deal with it differently whether it be catastrophic or minimal. I deal with my personal adversities (and my joys) through my art with the knowledge that there will be others who will relate to similar issues but may not necessarily have the means to express themselves.
Presently I am focussing on two issues, deafness and cancer, both of which are part of my life. This does not mean that my work is full of gloom and doom, though it can be a bit confronting at times because engagement is how best I deal with misfortune. I enjoy challenging my situation with a mixture of displeasure, some indignation and a quite a bit of grim humour.
Becoming deaf, my hearing has deteriorated to the point where conversation can sometimes be difficult. I am learning to lipread. Mouths have become more than a means of aural communication or emotional countenance, they are visual expressions in the most basic sense.
I watch words. I work hard to hear, make mistakes, get tired, I become invisible. As the population ages, there are a lot of us about, in isolation whilst surrounded by people, observing mankind through a veil of miscommunications, anxious, apologetic.
There are words and phrases used constantly…..
These are just a few of the practical requests that I realized were holding in their words huge emotional content which went much further than hearing loss. The work I’m engaged in emerged from a growing disability but has developed into the expression of a more universal hunger, the need to communicate under stress, and the difficulty in doing that. We’ve all been there, when words fail us, when you can’t hear your thoughts, your mind goes blank. You try to find the right words but there is just a cacophany.
CV & Education
Anita Ford - abridged CV
1966-69 Loughborough College of Art - Dip AD 1st class hons (fine art - sculpture)
1970-71 Italian State Scholarship - Academia di Belle Arti, Venice
1986 Isetan, Tokyo, Japan - Artist in Residence
1989 Arnolfini, Bristol - Ballet Rambert Inter Arts Collaborative Project
1999 Dostoyevsky Foundation, St Petersburg, Russia. Selected artist invited to
2008 Japan residency. Contemporary Art Holdings.
1987 Park Gallery, Cheltenham - The Hackney Monoprints
1987 Portfolio Gallery, Aukland, New Zealand - New Work
1987 Anna Bornholt Gallery, London -Scorched Lands and Flying Peonies
1989 Victoria Rooms, Bristol - The Plight of the Bird
1993 Prema Arts Centre, Uley, Glos - Prints
1996 Hot Bath Gallery, Bath - Evolution of the Bird
1999 Gallerie Vlasblom, Arnhem, Holland - 'Screenprints'
2000 New Academy Gallery, London W1 'Regeneration'
2005 Swindon Arts Centre, Swindon - Madurai
1986 Leopold-Hoesch Museum, Duren, Germany - International Biennale of Paper Art 1986 The Seoul Gallery, Seoul, Korea - Fifth Seoul International Print Biennale
1991 Osaka, Japan - Osaka Triennial of Print
1992 Isetan Gallery, Tokyo, Japan - Three British Artists
1993 Taipei, Taiwan, ROC - 6th International Print and Drawing Exhibition
1994 Torun Museum, Poland - Colour in Graphic Art
1996 Huddersfield Art Gallery-'Boundless', Exhibition of Innovative Printmaking
1997 4th Royal West of England Open Printmaking Exhibition, Bristol (prizewinner)
1998 Oriel Gallery, Mold, Clwyd, Wales - The Graphic Link II
1999 Dostoyevsky Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia - 'Notes from Underground'
2001 Yale College, Wrexham - Wrexham Print International (invited artist)
2002 Stroud House Gallery, Stroud - It's all in the Text
2002 Inside Space Gallery, London W1 - Bike Cut Up By
2003 Wetpaint Gallery, Cirencester - Spirit of Place
2003 Pringle Gallery, Philadelphia, USA - New Prints
2005 Blackheath Gallery, London - Spring Exhibition
2008 Japan touring exhibition organized by Contemporary Art Holdings.
2008 Salon de Yutaka (15-23 March) Tokyo Store Yutaka Bldg 3F, 1-3-10 Katamachi,
2008 Art de Art (1-20 April) 14-4 Kitazono-cho,Takatsuki-shi, Osaka 2008 Artzone (25 Apr - 6 May) 4 Yoshida-kaguraoka-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 2008 Gallery Kaoru (19-24 May) 4-15-13 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 2008 Orie Gallery (19-24 May) 2-9-16 Kita-aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 2008 Gallery Accostage (10-20 July) 1803-2 Yashima-higashi-cho, Takamatsu-shi, Kagawa
2008 Gallery Atos (12-21 Sept) 3-4-15 Maejima, Naha-shi, Okinawa
2011-2015 Developing new work
2015 Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot - DRAW.SHOW
2015 Greenly Art Gallery, Pennsylvania USA - The Mark on the Wall International Exhibition
2015 CONNECTED http://connectedonline.tumblr.com online exhibition curated by Lauren Cookson
2017 Courtyard Arts, Hertford - Making a Mark, Six Artists
2017 Menier Gallery, London - Hidden Messages - Forthcoming exhibition 24Oct - 4Nov 2017