Thursday, November 8, 2012

Slade MA/MFA Interim Show Pics

There is an inherent promise in a box, concealed but ready for consumption. So obvious that unnoticed. Designed, marketed and produced… by someone… for everyone... Domesticating our needs. Then discarded and forgotten. 

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.

Patterns for Living (no 7-11, Mixed media, 160 x 55 x 75-85 cm, 2012

Patterns for Living (no 7-11), detail

Patterns for Living (Box Occupied), 13 second looped animation, 2012

Patterns for Living (Box Occupied), still

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, September 18, 2012


Subject to Change was a group exhibition that presented recent work by eleven UK based, Polish-born contemporary visual artists. The concept for the show revolved around the fluid nature of modern spaces and objects. Subject to Change explored the role and impact of the factors of constant transformation and upgrading, not only in the domestic and intimate but also in the public/social and celebratory contexts. Devised and organised by Deconstruction Project this show was part of the programme of the Polish Arts Festival produced by Hungry Arts.

The publication was printed to accompany the exhibition Subject to Change at the Kursaal Space. It contains profiles on all participating artists. Texts by Douglas Hunter, Artistic Director of Hungry Arts, Agnieszka Kucharko, Visual Arts Director of Deconstruction Project and a critical essay by Zbigniew Kotkiewicz, Deconstruction Project Associate Curator.

84 pages
edition 250

Room 2 Images by Zbigniew Kotkiewicz

Monday, August 20, 2012

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Exhibition MIS-IN-FORMATION, Fringe Art Bath, 2012

Works in a show ‘Mis-IN-Formation’ What you see isn’t what you get.
Curated by Diana Ali in conjunction with FAB. 

Transcriptions / Patterns for Living / Value of Labour. Mixed media installation, May 2012

Transcriptions. Mixed media installation, May 2012

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Washing Space

Washing up liquids: pink-blue-green/ Bleach/ Silver wire / Sellotape/ Smell of detergents / Hardly visible / Overlapping/ re-mapping of existing space/ Small interventions / Domestic and artistic gestures / Washing Away


Space Washed/Bleached, Installation with Fairy Liquid Original & Antibacterial, Easy Bleach Seriously Thick, Pink Pearl Hand Wash, Sellotape, Silver Wire, Smell of Detergents, dimensions misc, 2012

Bleaching Space


Washing Space


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



Friday, November 11, 2011

Clay Project 1

Initial proposal:

Continue an investigation into domestic and cosmetic materials: their propensity to work as painterly medium whilst retaining unique materiality. In particular I would like to focus on working with different powdered clay masks.