Final year BA (Hons) Fine Art students have not let the current Covid-19 lockdown restrictions hold them back to develop an exhibition of new work.
Shauna King, Ella Lockwood, Michaela Shorb, Elgin Thwaites and Kieran Wilson had been invited to locate their interim exhibition at The Art Station’s impressive Project Space, a new contemporary art venue in Saxmundham However, due to the COVID-19 new lockdown restrictions the artists had to find new ways to install and present their work to a public audience.
Undeterred, the artists decided to develop site-specific works in response to assigned spaces within each of their individual homes. For the exhibition, the artists present their work through a film that takes the viewer on a virtual tour of their work in domestic spaces creating a collaged collective home.
The viewer will encounter work that challenges notions of objectification in the kitchen, environmental concerns in the dining-room, an inhabited den under the stairs, an immersive painting on the stairwell and a labyrinth of memories under the eaves.
Student Kieran Wilson said “We are very excited about the exhibition, which we have been working on for the past few months. The current restrictions have meant we have been able to work in new and exciting ways that are far from our usual methods of working.”
The film and digital documentation of the work is published and featured on The Art Station’s website until 21 February 2021. The students are doing a take-over of The Art Station’s Instagram each day during this week.
Course Leader, Dr Susan Barnet said “Resilience and creativity are key skills we develop with our students on the Fine Art course at the University of Suffolk. I am thrilled that our final year students continue to make new and exciting work despite the challenges that we all face at the moment. Congruous is testament not only to each student’s individual ingenuity, but the group’s collective determination to continue to develop original work and innovative ways to present it work to new audiences.”
Clare Palmier, Director of The Art Station said “We’re delighted to develop our relationship with the University of Suffolk and support young artists developing their practice and be able to showcase their work with our audience especially in rural Suffolk.”
The online exhibition can be seen at: https://theartstation.uk/exhibition/congruous/
Follow the Artists’ Instagram Take-Over: @the_artstation
See each of the artists’ work on their Instagram pages:
Shauna King @shaunakingart
Ella Lockwood @ellaart__
Elgin Thwaites @elginthwaitesart
Michaela Shorb @art_and_tea_time
Kieran Wilson @_kw_art12
University of Suffolk Press Office