Showing posts with label Studio Practice. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Studio Practice. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Website

This blog has served me well over the past few years as a hybrid place for showing work and posting about other interests. It is time though for these to be separated and replaced by a new website and a blog of unruly thoughts.  

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Trelex Residency

I was offered an opportunity to take up a short residency in Trelex, Switzerland with my daughter as a first parent resident. 

As I only had a couple of weeks, I decided to focus on exploring the immediate surroundings of Trelex and nearby town Nyon. There are some attractions for kids in Trelex (walks, playground, exercise circuit in nearby woods, visits to local bakery for morning rolls) and plentiful in Nyon. The most surprising however is the house itself – large with numerous rooms often connected in a maze-like fashion. Combined with an enormous garden with hidden doll house, vegetable garden and swing/hammocks area, it creates an amazing adventure ground for kids (an grown-ups alike). The family was very welcoming and my daughter quickly made friends with the other children. We would join in their trips to the lakeside for an evening swim or to have a barbecue picnic in the woods. 

The living/working space felt very comfortable and easy. Spacious studio areas were easy to rearrange depending on my needs and provided inspiration to keep going back to making. There was a great variety of art supplies and tools to hand, plus and interesting range of materials in outdoor sheds which were ideal to use for temporary structures. I found making work in Trelex easy, at the same time enjoying trips out, playing with kids, writing and experimenting in the studio kitchen. I was particularly keen to capture the lighting conditions in the afternoon and having my daughter nearby proved beneficial. She was happy, in exchange for a chocolate-type reward, to perform for my photographs and short films. 

I arrived at the beginning of residency with few ideas to test and develop towards my upcoming show at the Slade. Much of my past work has referred to the idea of home as a spatio-temporal concept and the more recent inquiries dealt with negotiating perceptions about art, labour and the domestic. In a way the situation of the residency was a form of negotiation in itself. I have become intrigued by boxes as packaging but also temporary structures: Emptiness offers itself up as the box opens its folds. The surprise of the flat pattern, the icon both familiar and unidentifiable. Then the folds collapse back and carve out a bit of space. Walls are formed around a promise of home. For a short while the structure lies to us of its solidity until it dissolves again

During the last days of my residency I overlapped with Yuki Aruga and we started to strike up some great conversations. I would have loved to continue these as well as the conversations with Nina who runs the residency programme. The final presentation to Nina, her husband David and a few of local residents was not only enjoyable but it became a constructive critical debate. I particularly liked David’s comments on loose artist talk and contrasting these with his philosophy background and a need for making the arguments clear and understood (paraphrasing “you may not need to agree with me but I need you to understand me”). Many of the points raised still echo with me...

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Clay Project 2

Recent research is around thinking about different activities: artistic / domestic / scientific etc. There is an overlay of gestures, approaches, methods and medium in these areas but we are conditioned to accept these processes as separate e.g. when applying washing-up liquid with a brush to paper, one hardly thinks of it as painting. 


Saturday, December 10, 2011


Thursday, December 1, 2011



Monday, April 4, 2011


Memorial; polythene, vinyl film, electric tape, dusct tape, aluminium structure, bath stand; overall dimesions 100 x 150 x 85 cm; March 2011

Some of the comments from the crit:
-     It looks like art – when is something not art?
-     It is far from painting but has paint-like skin reference of peeling off the paint. The table is support for the painting. Also very craft like, almost beautiful where the cuts are made, sense of human engagement.
-     Quite a mad (schizophrenic) piece, almost emotional in that sense. Obsessive nature of the work seems to deal with emotional response to womanhood, domesticity, motherhood and the market pressures felt in this regard. Praying on most anxious feelings. Cuts could also be read as aggressive as in Lucio Fontana's work. It is not humorous in a way Angela de la Cruz’ work can be, not a joke piece.
-    There is a sense of occasion/festiveness here; seems quite spontaneous.
-     Greedy seepage, it wants to impose itself on the surroundings.

Restructured / Destructured

I am intrigued by possibilities of transposing the work further. Can I recapture the key elements through photographs or photomontages or just plainly rework the acutal pieces so they are offered another life where they can become something else? 

I am fascinated by the recycling and subverting the structures, refusal of the fixed and permanent. I guess it is not enough to just use the temporal materials, even the solid elements are interpolated, restructured and destructured.

@ These Words I Seek Are Not My Own
Her Sunday Best

This piece was recycled in the purest meaning of the word. It actually ended up in the bin and then lovingly rescued it just before the bins were emptied. 

He is all Front

Sunday, March 20, 2011


I finally feel I am getting better control over these new materials, with the newer constructions exploring more confidently meaning inherent in basic processes processes like covering/uncovering, scrounging/stretching, leaning against the wall. Little anecdotes and humour, incidents and repetitions are adding more layers to the basic references.

He is All Front


Somatic Mutation


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Its a plastic world we live in...

I have been obsessed scavenging any plastic material - polythenes, acrylics, polycarbonates, pvc, vinyl, cellophanes, lighting gels etc etc.... Also trying to learn how to manipulate them so they transform into something else.

I have this idea of replacing the language of paint with a vocabulary offered by different plastics. There are potentially interesting qualities the material could afford like wrapping, overlaying and light/shadow interplay. These qualities could be explored  through different spatial constructions like frames, screens or rails.

Starting to sketch out ideas: