Reflections of Stepney is Magic Me’s second project bringing together children from John Scurr Primary School with residents from Hawthorn Green Care Home, over a 10 week period, as part of their Schools and Communities programme.
It made me look at children in a different way. It makes me feel good when they see me in the park and wave, and their friends say ‘how do you know her?.
This intergenerational group have explored the theme of ‘reflection’, notions of identity and how identity is formed. The group have written their own version of the Narcissus story, from Greek Mythology, using music, storytelling and drawing.
The project was led by artists: Freya Wynn Jones (director and signer), Hannah Opstad (musician) and Ben Connors (visual artist).
With special thanks to staff at Hawthorn Green Care Home and John Scurr Primary School. A big thank you to our funders the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and the Expat Foundation.
The ebbing patience of a flowing rage turned quiet / Even the fish are missing / What brings the bubbles up? / Something else is governing the waves/ And the fish are missing / The sound of magic hidden amongst ripples that go on and on and on / Past you and up from the bottom / Crashing over the top of you and then – all the way out/ Lapping over my reflection, cool and serene/ But something is not what it seems/ And even the fish are missing.
The fish are missing, a poem by the group