Tuesday, 17 July 2012
artist showcase #11
I haven't done an artist showcase in quite a while! But when Sophie Ingram contacted me, I couldn't say no!
1. Can you give us a little bit of your background?
I am a 22 year old fine artist from Devon. I have just graduated from University College Falmouth and am currently living in Falmouth; job hunting and continuing my art practice.
2. Did anything in particular make you go into art?
I like problem solving; taking ideas and trying to resolve them in a way I find satisfying.
3. What inspires you?
All sorts. The aesthetic of my work is Romantic-I am drawn to old battered objects with histories of their own, often suggestive of a domestic setting, so crawling round junk shops can be pretty inspiring! I love literature -Virginia Woolf and the poets T.S Eliot and Philip Larkin. The veiled way in which poetry connects with the viewer is something I recognize within my own work.
Colour form and pattern are also central to my work. The things I make have simple abstract marks in limited colours borrowed from my surroundings. I am always looking out for interesting colour combinations or formal juxtapositions- for example telephone lines against the sky or the clothes my friends wear.
4. How do you work?
Once I have an idea for an installation, I spend time preparing- by making things and/ or sourcing objects. Then I start arranging and refining the ensemble.
5. What's your favourite medium to work with?
My work is not media specific; it is my aesthetic which makes my work visually consistent. My current body of work is a step away from traditional abstract painting into installation via combination with appropriated ready-made objects. I do however enjoy the immediacy and fluidity of oil paint.
6. Which piece of work are you most proud of?
My degree show. I felt that everything I had been working on came together beautifully.
7. What are you up to right now?
Right now I am developing new work for a forthcoming exhibition I am part of, at Blackall studios in Shoreditch. The work will be a further departure from painting and more into experiential installation. I am very excited about it.
8. Anything else you think we should know?
Check out my tumblr.
Or see my work in London 4th-8th August at Blackall studios, Shoreditch.
Info on the collective I am part of can be found here.
Click here if you fancy making a donation to help us cover expenses, and watch a short film about the project!
More info on the gallery and directions.