Saturday 16th June, 2018
Sculptural Painting Configurations – June 2018
This was an opportunity which had been in the making, since May of this year to be precise when much liaising and discussions were materialising.
The event was stimulated by Daniella Rossi who is the Director at Rossi Asiaghi, an arts organization which I am involved in. Daniella’s objective is to promote all emerging artists who are connected with the programme. To be involved in such a fantastic scheme is amazing, as Daniella is brilliant at connecting and trying to source available opportunities for artworks to be seen and profiled.
I received an e mail from Daniella back in early May of this year saying that a possible event had come up and if I was interested in taking it. My one rule is to always take what is given to you, as chances are often few and far between especially for an artist. So to receive this email filled me with much excitement and I immediately said yes.
The event / occasion in question was to have some of my works featured in a small solo show at The Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton, Surrey. To find out that my work would be featured as a solo display was fantastic news, as I had only ever once showcased my works in this format, and this was in connection with my MA Fine Art degree so to have an external solo show was amazing.
Ben Hartley who works at The Royal Marsden Hospital as a project manager was keen to have my work on show, as he liked the abstract input each work has installed within the surface. Originally he only wanted 3 works displayed but as it turned out I was able to include 2 more pieces during the installation. I was happy about this as not only do all the works have a connected history together they were all produced from the same series which is titled the Chance Series.
The installation process took a considerable amount of time, as this was due to the many unforeseen circumstances which conjured up. Normally this is something which I relish as working with chance and unexpected happenings within the materialisation of the works, is also something I don’t mind formulating within the setup of the works during a display for a show. However this time was different as I wanted my works to look right and to be held in position which I knew would be secure.
After 3 hours of much debating and trialling different connectors, the work was set and installed in position. I wanted to create as a composition which gave a uniformed configuration, but with an added inclusion of uncanny elements relating to the scale, positioning and colour patterns.
Daniella and Ben were brilliant during this period as it can often become a tense time for all involved, but what was great was we all came together as a team, and exchanged thoughts and ideas which could provide the best outcome for a finished layout.
Overall I am very happy with the overall result and am very excited to find out how my work will be received. One important factor for me is that I hope they bring some kind of joy to the patients and families who may come in contact with them.
The show will be on all through the summer of 2018, where I also hope to deliver an artist talk at the hospital about my art practice and the processes which have gone into the making of these works.
Artist statement provided by Rossi Asiaghi and featured images of Untrialed Paulin, Ungreened Paulin, ‘Cemented At Last’, ‘Aggregated Through time and ‘Challenged At The End Of The Day’