Stuf Thi Ship With Vitayll (All The Warld Aboute) 2019
Commission for Ecstatic Rituals at Humber Street Gallery, Hull. 2019
The title Stuf Thi Ship With Vitayll (All The Warld Aboute) comes from the Wakefield mystery play of Noah’s Arc. I chose the phrases as they had a carnal quality – stuff, and vitayll – meaning food but also echoing vitality and festivity, and All The Warld Aboute emphasises the wider communities associated with the local fair. The ship is an outward looking symbol remembering our commercial and traditional heritage at a time when our international relationships are under question, and it is a compacted emblem of the ‘tober’ or total atmosphere of the medieval fair.