I studied Painting & Printmaking at The Glasgow School of Art and recently graduated from my MA in Creative Entrepreneurship from UEA. Since moving to London I have been making work which explores the ideas of time and place. Walking along the Thames I have been collecting objects and finding ways to use them in my work. From the debris of the past I have been particularly drawn to the many old bones that are found along the foreshore, and I have been finding ways to incorporate them into my practice. I have also been seeking ways of making new work under lockdown by repurposing and up-cycling old work and using the resources I have to hand. Coming from a working-class background has meant that the work I create has usually come from using the scarce resources and material available to me. I have experimented a lot with natural materials in my work, recently creating a sculpture of found bones, Thames clay and scraps of old wood found on my street. Earlier on in my practice I made a curiosity cabinet of found items from the river Kelvin in Glasgow which was later used as my degree show piece. I have always been attracted to the unwanted, discarded material that I find around me, finding ways to repurpose it and bring it a new life.
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Amy-Leigh Bird graduated from the Painting & Printmaking BA Hons at The Glasgow School of Art in 2017 and in 2019 graduated from her MA in Creative Entrepreneurship at The University of East Anglia. Whilst studying Amy-Leigh lived and studied in Jerusalem, Israel at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design and has taken part in several group and solo exhibitions including her first solo show at The Anise Gallery, Shad Thames, The Other Art Fair and at The West End Centre. After her graduation she was selected for Aon’s ‘Community Artist Award 2017’ and awarded the ‘Artist in Italy Residency 2018’ where she spent ten luxurious days walking about the Tuscan landscape collecting inspirational material. Since graduating the award-winning artist has exhibited alongside Christian Boltanski at the Apple and the Lust Gallery in Edinburgh, at The Edinburgh Art Fair and at An Lanntair in Stornoway after taking part in a two-week sailing residency with Sail Britain. This year she will be exhibiting at the prestigious and highly regarded No20 Arts gallery in Highbury and Islington and developing her research on the bones found on the Thames foreshore. She is currently living and working in London, developing her research on the psychology of collecting and the emotional significance of objects and place.
These photographs are part of a series in which I dress up as a bride. The photos were taken in my Middlesex University and also at Bethnal Green church. The piece was inspired by the drag queens such as Coco Peru and Divine. I wanted to capture a narrative, that stretches beyond the visual information of the photos.
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Joss Munson is a UK based multimedia artist born in a small Suffolk town and grew up in East London. At the age of 14 he was diagnosed with a typical autism. He attended City and Islington College to study art and design. At 18 he developed schizoaffective disorder. Now in spite of all the challenges, he has been able to attend Middlesex University to study Fine Art. Joss’ work ranges from talking about his personal life, trauma and struggle to inside jokes and escapism. His work has taken the form of short films; ambrosia was his first major film that was exhibited at his college in 2015. It explores the roles in a relationship between man and inanimate object. Joss plays the part of someone who is in love with an inanimate mannequin. And it was shown 5 years later as part of virtual exploding cinema COVIDeo extravaganza on the 6th June 2020. He collaborated and curated 2 online shows, the EOY show (end of year) was a celebration of his and his colleagues final work, Distorted World which is a virtual reality exhibition in collaboration with Dovetail Joints Virtual Gallery. His article Virtual Online Galleries: the aftermath of Covid19 was published on art touches art blog on May 17th 2020. He has performed on stage in University, producing a one man show: the unofficial Resident Evil Pantomime, in which he dressed as ‘Jill Sandwich’ and lip synced to a few songs, and involved some audience participation.
The pandemic resulted in the vacancy of previously busy spaces. A kind of error occurred in life, the tragedy of this social situation resulted in putting globalization on hold, while carbon-dioxide emission has dropped drastically. Empty spaces are witnessing our overworked, energy-wasting lives, prompting us to finally change our way of life globally, otherwise situations like this might resurface in the future. KristofLab, has collected photos empty cities such as Madrid, which was developed into creating a first piece of the series. Subsequently, he received photos from many parts of the world from volunteers for the project. These artists helped to continue the series with their contributions. Kristóf hopes that this project symbolizes well how artistic imagination can help us thrive as human beings in difficult times and the work serves as a definition of our common values across boundaries and to once again remind us that we have never been and will never really be isolated.
Contributors: Kiszner Édua, Antal István, Marcin Idźkowski, Angela Galvan, Gasquk, Kristijonas Dirse, Peter Korcek, Erhan US, Ciro Di Fiore, Elena Kilina, Sangeeth Aiyappa, Vladimir Stepanchenko, Raki Nikahetiya, David Leshem, Haccoun Myriam
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Kristóf Szabó was born in 1988 in Hungary. Since 2016 he has been consciously using the term KristofLab as a kind of brand referring to interdisciplinarity and his media art activities. He often works in a team or creates collaborations with other artists, often crossing boundaries between art genres. He graduated from the Hungarian University of Fine Arts (2012). In 2011 he studied with an Erasmus scholarship in Dresden. He is a member of the Ziggurat Project focusing on various co-art collaborations, regularly working with them mainly on site-specific performances across V4 countries and Norway.
Some of McGowan’s work has strong political links with regards to historical and social contexts of, for example housing and the class system. Her identification of factors within socialism creates a consistent aesthetic that allows her work to develop through subjective parallels of architectural space and engages personal association with urban environments.
McGowan however has no interest in creating an argument within political ideologies yet attempts to make her focus’ easily identifiable to create discussion and bring forward a range of perspectives.
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McGowan uses a multi-disciplinary approach when it comes to art. Focusing on photography, sculpture and installation, she questions the separation between territories regarding memory and the realm of physical experience. McGowan captivates viewers’ attention by maintaining a state of equilibrium between subjects throughout her conceptual practice. Her work questions the clarity of the state in which we live and how the modern world allows us to thrive and exist.
Her work urges a renegotiation to the format of traditional photography, it becomes responsive and volatile when commenting on often disregarded parts of obtrusive environments in which we have constant contact with. These new conditions of objects and locations are questioned within her work through abstraction. These valuable tactics of modification permits a development of dual interpretations. The public dominion acts as her stimulus specifically public space, however she believes momentary interactive and unanticipated components make up the systematized way we live, whether that be in a public or private arena. Her understanding is that architecture of private spaces is usually more economically monotonous in comparison to the public realm.
Alfred Ramsden, 20 , is an aspiring artist from Medway, Kent.
He does a wide variety of works in photography, graphic design and fine art. Alfred Attended the Howard school in Rainham and studied fine art there until he graduated to 6th Form at the school and began to study Graphics design and Photography until the age of 18. Alfred left school however continued to work on developing his art portfolio which contains all of his worlds from during and after his time in education. Alfred’s Art contains a wide variety of influences and ideas mainly conveyed and found through his love of music.
The art piece submitted by Alfred does not have a title, the first ideas Alfred had about the theme of ‘solitude’ all conveyed very dark dingy images.
However, after researching Alfred found that solitude does not always convey an image of isolation and loneliness.
The first ideas that Alfred had were the ideas of empty Mediterranean swimming pools. The image submitted was heavily influenced primarily by the work of a London born artist called Johnny pockets, the image submitted was created by Alfred, he created the image by painting it on a canvas using acrylic paints. He then scanned the image on a printer and re-worked and edited it digitally on photoshop where he improved the colour, brightness.
Being an Artist for me has changed throughout my life, from studying in a school wearing there were constant rules and you couldn’t touch anything dicey to college wear mastery of technical skills would lead to amazing artwork to lastly university to where everything can be used as inspiration and you were the sponge, you chose what you absorbed. What you squeezed out would be the art you made.
Being an Artist means to me what I create in response to what I am feeling, what I’ve been inspired by and causes close to me. Creating something that has meaning beyond the superficial level but into the mind, challenging what you think is the norm.