When artist Susan Slann decided to take a holiday she had several destinations in mind and they had one thing in common – they were all Travelodges.
The Kirkbymoorside-based artist checked herself in for one night at 10 hotels from the chain in different locations including Scarborough, Harrogate, Skipton and Leeds Bradford Airport.
It was not just that she was seeking anonymity, blandness or budget comfort. Her experiences have informed and inspired her exhibition Travelog at Crescent Arts, The Crescent, Scarborough.
“The exhibition describes a seemingly pointless journey moving from one Travelodge to another, recording the experience through a kind of visual diary,” said Susan based at the workspace and gallery for two years.
The result is a series of lino-cut images – familiar items from a Travelodge ranging from plugs to coat hangers and bibles to breakfast – paintings and installations.
“Travelodge has become part of our social landscape. The memories we hold of them are usually linked to other experiences: journeys for occasions, business, pleasure, holidays, love, death and sorrow,” said Susuan who was a natural therapist for 10 years. She was short-listed for Bloomberg New Contemporaries in 2007. She completed an MFA at Leeds University fllowing a BA in fine art at University of Hull.
Travelog runs until December 15. Open from Thursday to Saturdays from 11am to 4pm.