Art All Dayer exhibition

MMU Exhibition at the Cotton On MCR Art All Dayer.

Artists Statements

Amrit Singh

In Gender trouble: feminism and the subversion of identity (2006) Butler argues that gender and other human categories of identity are not natural, but constructed on the basis of repetition, language and speech which makes sexual identity and identity in general performative. This ideology is explored further few years later in The Psychic Life of Power (1997), were the term ‘paradox of subjection’ was created. Butler argues that external factors such as speech, values and norms pre-exist before the individual forms its subjectivity, therefore, to form subjection one must first become subordinated by the pre-existing societal factors. Language and speech are pre-existing, we are born in it and cannot escape it, it is sometimes implied is a natural part of human identity and certainly a huge factor that builds it. Being multilingual and multicultural I don’t fit into one fixed identity and sometimes feelings of being out of place and identity crisis are the struggle of day-to-day life. In my work I’m trying to explore this abstract and complex relationship that everyday speech/language and identity have. My artistic journey had been filled with experimentation in different media and techniques, recently I think to have found my artistic voice and style that allows me to express myself clearly. Inspired by Judith Butler, Ulla Von Brandenburg and the draping of classic Greek sculptures I’m exploring themes of femininity, language and identity. I began my experimentation with screen-printing and sublimation print, however later found that both methods are technically challenging and have not managed to produce the outcome that I envisioned. I am planning to continue to experiment with different techniques such as digital fabric printing and projection of text on fabric, however I will maintain my focus on everyday language and speech such as text messages as this allows me to show the fusion of different languages and cultures in my identity. Currently I’m trying to combine my personal aesthetic choices (such as fabric draping) within my contextual work as this has been previously neglected within my work. I want to develop my work further, experimenting with scale of text and permeance based work of myself draping and installing the work.

Tea Guruli

I am from Georgia and since 2001 I live in Uk. I studied art academy in my country and after 20 years I started again painting, because I have my time now.

Charlotte Holt

Charlotte Holt is an artist interested in art theory and practice, currently studying at Manchester School of Art. Her work explores the idea of bringing playfulness into painting and sculpture, and the tactile relationship between the art to its material. She does this through form, material and the sensory, usually inviting the viewer to touch or experience the work in different ways. Through this, the work attempts to break the boundaries of the preciousness or intellectualism that occurs in the art world, allowing art to become more open and accessible. The artist’s interest in words and poetry comes through in the naming of the work. The titles are confessional and sometimes exposing, which gives the work a relatable personality.

Jazz Prisciandaro-Wood

My artwork is a therapeutic exploration of my family relationships through language. The use of language and the personal nature of my work informs my choice of materials. I have used both my own and appropriated writing to experiment with the visual aspects of text, stencilling onto paper, fabric, and wood.
My work is able to remain linked to the act of writing through the use of paper and small-scale pieces of wood or fabric that are reminiscent of letter writing or note taking. This small size also purposefully restrains my work, never exceeding my own scale and ensuring that language remains a tool to be used.
Inspired by artists such as Tracey Emin and the autobiographical nature of her work, I have questioned my sister and myself about our upbringing and have used automatic writing to go beyond a surface level investigation. Alongside automatism, I have used methods employed by the Beat poets to create new texts, such as a folding and cut-up technique pioneered by William Burroughs and Brion Gysin. This encourages multiple readings of my work that goes beyond psychoanalysis and allows me to question my own account of my experience through the use of chance and accident.
Concrete poetry is another significant influence within my work, as I am interested in how I can use language to communicate in different ways. I have experimented with typography, colour, and the composition of words as visual imagery, in an effort to create personal signage that points to my relationship with my mother. In doing so, I have selected specific sections from my writing to create evocative and poetic statements, as found in paintings by John Giorno.
Consequently, my work explores how I can use language to communicate specific ideas surrounding my family relationships, especially my relationship with my mother. In doing so, I am able to gain a deeper understanding of myself and examine how this relationship has evolved into its current state. The autobiographical nature of my work also aims to address my experience of the lack of understanding and representation of absent mothers within society.

Elise Richards

Elise Richards is interested in using the beauty of her surroundings to create engaging portraits that connect the subject to the location. When in the studio she captures intimate and dramatic black and white portraits, with a focus that makes the eyes central to the image, creating her own authentic aesthetic. Inspired by staged imagery and ambiguity, she attempts to take unique portraits that create a narrative, giving the frozen model personality and character through the imagery.

Charlotte Wilson

My enthusiasm for taking photographs started when I was 16 years old, I decided to take photography at A-Level to see if I enjoyed the subject as much as I thought I did. After my two years studying photography at A-Level, I knew I wanted to study the subject further at university. I’m currently undergoing my second year of University at Manchester Metropolitan University, studying Photography BA (Hons). My time at Manchester Metropolitan University has been the best experience I could ever wish for, I can’t wait to carry on my studies and explore further.

Megan O’Brien

My artwork explores dissociation during a low time within my life, reflecting my process of healing past and childhood traumas. Pop culture is heavily referenced intertwining personal stories and cultural recognisable topics.

Matilde Roque

My current practice draws from an interest around sleeping, rest, relationships; peace and struggle within ourselves and in relation to others – how we manage our own thoughts and deal with those we presuppose others have. It focuses on moments/scenes, where I try to depict states and conditions.

Ela Skorska

The main focus of my creative activities is experimental/abstract photography. I want to bring to life the art of the subconscious mind, visceral memory that creates bizarre and mesmerizing images, images that are so exceptionally open to interpretation that they absorb original meaning with every person and connect deeply, inciting sensations of all sorts. I find the notion of infinite interpretations captivating and liberating, and I want to bring it to existence through my photographs.
I am fascinated by Freudian influence on surrealism and futurism – the theory of the unconscious and want to explore it further. I am also immensely influenced by geometry and curious to investigate how it made its way to so many different art styles throughout the years, touching on something extraordinary within the human understanding of art. I manifest it through black and white photography, working predominantly with 35mm and medium format camera Mamiya 645pro TL. I choose the analogue approach as it reflects my interest in ephemeral (that photography tries to find answers to), imperfect, wabi-sabi and collaboration with a chance.

Victoria Holland

Victoria Abigail Rebekah Holland is an inspirational UK artist based in the North West. In her work, she combines the old and the new to bring to the surface topics of importance in her daring collaboration of art. Her work has been showcased and sold in art trails around cities as well as on the worldwide platform of virtual art exhibitions. She was also a finalist in Manchester Art Battle.

Religion, politics, current events, and issues around mental health have made their way into her latest pieces. Her work is created using a variety of mixed media collage, drawing, and printmaking. These are the art mediums that she feels best express her reflection and message around these themes.

A lot of her inspiration comes from urban street art across Manchester, particularly the Northern Quarter and Castlefield. Victoria wants to break down the barrier between Fine Art and Street Art, combining the two. She believes that art should be accessible to all and regularly hides and displays her work across cities to gain a public interaction with her pieces.

Jasmine England

This is a screen-print of a design I drew of one of my many makeup looks. I do makeup artistry as a hobby on myself and have recently been putting those creations on paper. This kind of work goes through a bit of a journey to become what it is – from mind to face, to paper then screen, and finally paper again but multiplied. I’ve always found something relaxing and even hypnotic about repeated designs, but the focus being on my eyes also makes them appear quite alive, and I’ve liked making work so far with that contradiction. I hope you enjoy looking at my work whilst it looks at you.

Ellie Cunningham

My work is driven by my interest in the process of painting, aiming to focus on the slow formation of an image. I try to explore the figure as an ambiguous presence in space as a way of investigating the relationships involved with the nude portrait. Looking at the presence of the painter, subject, and viewer in the nude portrait and reflecting on how this relates to the relationships we have with our own bodies.

Meg Jones

My practice as an artist is concerned with understanding identity through the exploration of feelings and imagery of childhood, such as the relationship between sounds and texture, text and image. My artworks have a sense of play to them, with content that is reminiscent.

Liusaidh Ashley Watt

Liusaidh is a visual artist motivated by the experiment of photography, ascertaining fresh ways to express ideas and uses this not only to create a body of work but to investigate oneself. Self-exploration is a prevalent theme within her work, channelling into different subjects and imagery. Her practice consists of self-portraiture and landscapes, often marrying the two creating a co-dependent relationship between the figure and the environment. Liusaidh uses visual codes to expose inner thoughts and past traumas to an audience. Her most recent work and research aims to explore absence, body and place; proposed to be an installation which incorporates tactile elements to provide new ways of experiencing photographic work.

Millie Shaw

I am a hyperrealist/surrealist painter based in Manchester. My work investigates the connection between video games and reality, such as how games can be treated as an escape from everyday life.

This piece of work surrounds the idea of how what you are looking at can feel real, however be the complete opposite. At first glance, it may seem like a photograph. However upon further investigation it is a painting. In continuation, the viewer may wonder where this scene is from, and assume it is a location within the world. However, the reference photo is from a game (Uncharted 4). This allows the painting to deceive the viewer in several different ways.

Charlie Linton

My work focuses on the political issues of today through the media of collage, a practice that is fairly often overlooked. The collages that I make blend the world of politics, media, and celebrity culture and act as a mediator such themes to be explored. The aim of these collages is to make audiences think about who is leading their country, whilst hopefully finding humour within the work through the use of satirical elements that act as a skit or parody of politics. These three works submitted focus on the lockdown party scandal, and were made as a result of the frustration and anger that the artist felt towards the Tory party.

Beth Jones

My practice explores experience and memory within natural landscapes around the themes of abstract expressionism and the sublime. I work mainly outdoors within the landscape to create, letting the elements influence my marks. My current focus is being less precious, more intuitive about my work and working to create my own materials eg. my paper and pigments.