Elaine Robinson’s mission to travel the UK to collect people’s fingerprints left her an unexpected bystander as MPs rushed to cast their vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal.
The Barrow single mum has been travelling the UK on her SPOTtimespotTIME tour since 2015 in a bid to sum up Britain’s collective identity.
So far she has taken in cities like Liverpool, Cambridge and Newcastle asking people to add their fingerprint to her collection, whether it be the rich and powerful or homeless people.
Thank you SO much Lord Bird and Oliver Sidorczuk for laying your #fingerprintofunity on #ParliamentSPOTtimespotTIME This is a #nationwideemergingartwork embracing #unity, #conversation and #education @johnbirdswords #levellingart @Parliament@ThangamMP pic.twitter.com/Xr263jx859
— Elaine Robinson Art (@ElaineRartist) January 24, 2019
As the project will have encompassed pre-and-post-Brexit Britain, Elaine is hoping that the wide spectrum of participants will uncover lessons about division and togetherness as EU Withdrawal debates remain at a deadlock.
Her trip has even taken her to Westminster to see the state of affairs first-hand when Elaine asked politicians to add their fingerprint to her collection on January 15 as the Prime Minister’s deal was rejected.