Breathing In Art is a new series by Fermynwoods Contemporary Art to support and promote mask wearing whilst celebrating and featuring selected artists. Whilst we’re amid a global pandemic and wearing masks to protect ourselves and others is part of everyday life, we’re inviting artists to design a range of masks that will be available to the public.
The first in this series comes from artist and Fermynwoods Education Coordinator, Stuart Moore. Stuart is a sound artist and microtonal composer that works closely with technology. His work explores the relationship between experience of the involuntary soundscape and purposeful human composition, by way of studying the roots of the perception of music. Stuart’s work is driven by his belief that sound is the most direct expression of human feeling.
The CoronaNet Research Project compiles data on government responses to the Covid-19 coronavirus. For the UK between March and September it recorded 190 different actions, legislations, rules and changes across 18 categories. From closures and openings of schools and businesses, to changes to social rules, travel bans, and whether beer can only be drunk before 10pm while sitting down. Some voluntary, some legally enforced. That’s around 27 changes a month or 6.2 new rules a week.
This face mask design features an image which visualises some of that dataset. For me, it’s a chance to look at how incredibly complex the past half-year has been, while at the same time I’m surprised to find it’s a very positive testament to our remarkable flexibility in the face of crazy!
We are working with a sustainable supplier who make everything in the UK through ethical employment practices, with eco-friendly inks, FSC certified materials and water-free manufacturing. The masks are made to order, and any fabric waste is given free to creatives to repurpose instead of sending to landfill.
Look out for more Breathing in Art designs in the coming weeks.