Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital ARTworks Commissions 2006-09
Second Floor Lift Lobby
For ‘Anecdotal Evidence’ we invited children and staff to make doodles for us of their favourite things. We started with jigsaw puzzles and how the pieces fit together. After workshops with patients and staff at the hospital, and at Glaitness Primary School in Orkney, we took the sketchbooks to our studio and painted some of the ideas onto canvas. Each painting was photographed and printed onto Polycarbonate making the artworks suitable for the hospital.
Amongst the panels are paintings of decorated soft toys found in charity shops (called ‘travellers’). We were paying tribute to their unknown histories and reinventing them as beautiful objects. We assembled the panels in a way that made some sense to us - or maybe even some nonsense? We love the poetry of Edward Lear, Spike Milligan and Dr Seuss and we hope this piece of work has things in common with these writers - a bit silly but serious too?”