Will Be Shown: Online / West Dean College, Chicester.
I was invited by the West Dean College of Arts & Conservation to be their Maker in Residence in March 2020.
I spent two weeks at the College, working alongside students in the College’s Fine Art and Furniture workshops, creating a new body of work that referenced the College’s Collection and Archive.
Whist in residence I developed artworks centred around the researching of Edward James' (1907 - 1984) surrealist commissioned interiors within his many estates. This led to my production of many wooden sausages with the intention to create a section of parquet inspired flooring to showcase to Edward James to tempt him to fill a whole room. I imaged that people could walk on them and caress them and revel in their absurd surrealist nature.
With the outbreak of Covid-19, my residency was cut short and the production and showing of the work had been postponed.
In response to the pandemic, I applied for Art Council England funding to develop ways of working with archive collections at distance. This resulted in becoming West Dean's first remote Artist in Residence to continue my investigation and complete said artwork and create a larger body of work.
During the summer / autumn of 2020 I will be continuing to make new works that are directly inspired by the collections at West Dean as well as linking with other archives and institutions. The results of which will be displayed in this space (online) as well as physically once the college has been re-opened.
Photography by Paul Samuel White