TESTIMONIAL: KAIPO CHE! RESIDENCY
The Kaipo Che! Residency was one of the best residencies I have been involved in. It surpassed expectations in many, many ways: in the level of interaction with India-based artists; the residency spaces and location; opportunities to experience the wider culture of Baroda and other nearby Indian towns/villages. Most importantly, there was an incredibly hospitable and welcoming atmosphere throughout, and it was a pleasure to spend time with everyone involved.
REPORT:Residency space and resources Thoughout the residency, Artcore put in place all the resources needed to create work. All art materials were supplied and any technical assistance needed was given. They were proactive and responsive to artists’ changing needs. The studio spaces were large, full of light and very comfortable. They were peaceful spaces for quiet reflection in a busy schedule. My Practice I was surprised by the work I made, it was definitely a new direction for me in that it was quite a personal and autobiographical response. The paper sculptures were directly informed by being in Baroda and my experience of India both past and present. I feel that there is potential to take some of the ideas forward back in the UK. I would also welcome a chance to continue dialogue with artists in India and will explore possible opportunities for them to visit UK. Residency Exhibition The exhibition at the end of the
Last week, I had my first mentoring session with Frank Abbott, an artist who, like myself, plays with technology within his work. Frank and I discussed how I could enhance my paintings, by adding what we referred to as a ‘real’ material, something that could only be fully experienced in the ‘flesh’. I have decided that I will experiment with materials that change appearance as the viewer moves around them, for example iridescent paints or reflective tape. We also discussed the possibility of being more loose and disruptive in my paintings. I plan to do this by including more ‘playful’ imagery.
So far I have completed one of the three paintings, I will be making for the IRL exhibition. This first painting, like all my work, was initially made on Adobe illustrator, from which I then transferred onto canvas using acrylic. This work provides us with a tangible window into the surreal digital landscape. Through the use of multiple vibrantly painted surreal flowers, the painting represents copy and paste, as well as repetitive ‘eye candy’ you may find on digital screens. All of the flowers share the same simplified visual DNA, to replicate the quick and passive qualities of digital imagery. After reviewing the finished painting, I now hope to alter it by making it more ‘Real’ and ‘Tangible’, through the addition of materials that would only display their desired effect in the ‘flesh’. I also hope to make more of the digital design language visible through the addition of more imagery.
When I haven’t been in Artcore, I have been working on the largest of three paintings, in my studio in Swindon. This work depicts the vastness of the digital world and I am using household gloss to make it. In my next painting I am planning on showing a more playful side to the digital world.