The Royal British Legion Talk: Creating ‘The Art of Recovery’
The Royal British Legion’s Bravo 22 Company uses art to develop self-awareness and improve self-esteem. Sculptor Al Johnson talks about how she helped members of the company and their families to work through the process of recovery, In this interactive discussion, Al explores the body language and symbolism of the work displayed in the exhibition.
Al Johnson is Creative Director for The Art of Recovery, an ongoing sculpture project funded by the Royal British Legion. A politically engaged sculptor, Al believes that the development of creativity is central to recovery, and in the empowerment that results from democratic participation in the arts. Al’s work references recent history and the interplay between politics, power and collective memory, utilizing a range of materials – textiles, forged steel, wax, copper, and timber – creating works that are sensual, paradoxical, and challenging.