Today we set up the exbibition up in the Gage Gallery in glorious sunshine. Platform 16 will be at the Gage Gallery, Sheffield until Friday.
Unit Seventeen, The Forum, Sheffield, 2016.
Unit Seventeen explores how the human psyche reacts to events and emotions and translates that response into various art forms. Whilst the inspiration may be particular to the individual artists combine to produce art that resonates within the viewer as they experience a part of the artist’ s own psyche.
The exhibition brings together nine contemporary artists from Sheffield Hallam University who each have their own unique styles but are connected by their interest in the human psyche.
What Lies Beneath useing meticulously drawn lines and stitch, juxtaposes art and craft, challenging preconceived ideas of traditional process and structure.
Senses and Performance is a film made to illustrate the experience of the artist when people react to her deafness.
Trophy is a series of photographs that document bruises on women who participate in contact sports and challenges perceptions of the fragility of the human form.
Pose uses drawings created in life drawing classes as inspiration. Contemporary materials are used to create soft sculptures to investigate how people react to the human form.
For All the Dead Known To You Alone is a large scale installation piece that represents the emotional upheaval of grief.
Breathless 1, 2, 3 uses sculpture and photography to engage with the effects of the artist’s lung disease.
Reflections uses drawings, photography and text to reflect on life.
Amongst the Madness is part of a series of work that forms a narrative through the characters within the image.
Untitled uses print to create a textile diary of the artist’s thoughts.
The exhibition explores emotions which are recognizable to many. Whilst the work is being exhibited in the present space there is also a suggestion of its relationship to a different time in the artist’s life and to another person’s own context of time as it relates to their experiences.
Decisions have been made, compromises agreed on, 6.00 pm and we open!
It's the Sunday before the exhibition opens at the Millennium Gallery and time to start the installation - we only have five hours so it's painting, cleaning, hanging etc.
Monday was the technical day when the lighting etc was finalised.
Tuesday we open with a preview event in the afternoon.
It's the final week before the Unit 17 exhibition and the stress/excitement is growing I also have a piece accepted for the Platform 16 exhibition and have to install the last Sunday of the Unit Seventeen exhibition!
Today is all about the glamorous behind the scene work like shopping for paint, brushes nails etc to spruce the space up. Doing final flyer drops and pushing the exhibition on social media etc!
It's also the time to finish pieces off, sorting out framing, revisiting pieces etc.
The next big 'event' will be the hang!
Today I was notified that one of my pieces had been accepted for the 16 exhibition at the Millennium galleries for the second year running - both exciting and daunting as the dates overlap with the Unit 17 exhibition.
The piece chosen is Reimagined Relic - something I created last year. The pice linked into my investigations into the internal body structure, an ongoing fascination with the Pitt Rivers museum in Oxford and looking at how to get people to be challenged and engaged with my work and to take the ideas, things that interest them out of the gallery and possibly encourage them to create something themselves in so doing giving my piece a life beyond that one exhibition.
So the piece is a vintage cigar box, with a red velvet inner, slightly battered, something you would not give a second glance to. However, inside is a mind blowing new scientific discovery two bone fragments with a lattice structure that invites you to look more closely. When you do they reveal that the relic bones actually made up of miniature human like structures.