Everyday Awe This is a new series of ephemeral, staged photographic works referencing everyday experiences of awe and how psychologists are beginning to research and position them as key emotional states associated with prosocial behaviours. Making all these works I was thinking about the psychological benefits of cultivating awe experiences. Wonder is not passive, we don’t just wait for it to surprise us; instead, we cultivate it – treat it like a practice. In this way, it becomes possible to find wonder in the small moments, the everyday, the quotidian and to let ourselves unknow the known. Denise Markonish, Curator
Lockdown Domestic In Between Spaces Without ‘in between’ spaces to process and move to the next part of the day the demands on me during the Covid Lockdowns often felt layered up on top of each other sometimes in overwhelming and bewildering ways, as domestic duties ran alongside work and home-schooling tasks. One way of coping was to bring the play process of art making with from the studio into cleaning and domestic chores from time to time. Shown in Distanced Domestic, curated by Co-curation 2021.
In Proximities 4,3,2,6
In Proximities. These ‘cityscapes’ play with positive states of ambiguity as visual prompts for the imagination. Based on research showing our psychological preferences for living with diversity of buildings, plant life & less traffic, they were shot on film in the studio using an experimental process making sculptures with everyday office materials.
Top row Uncertainties 1,2,19,21,20,13 Bottom row Uncertainties 4,17,16,3,10,5
Uncertainties Celebrating positive states of not knowing Uncertainties staged photographs use beauty products to hint at the sublime. Shot on medium format film. ‘It is essential to surrender to the idea that human incoherence, which is always twinned with coherence, is what keeps us curious, furious, confused and vitally alive’. Deborah Levy, writer and author
Brian and Roger Enos Mixing Colours: A short video submission. Roger and Brian Eno called out for short video projects to accompany their new album Mixing Colours. "When launching the website none of us expected so many people would collaborate and submit short films for the public to enjoy. As a result, we intend to keep this gallery up for at least a year to ensure there is plenty of time to explore it". All films can be viewed here at www.mixing-colours.com. My response was to the piece Quicksilver was called Running Tap, Kitchen Sink, and can be seen at https://www.mixing-colours.com/289ce26f4492
Mountains of the Mind: A series of small-scale, mixed-media paintings on board These are small-scale, textural landscape works on board made from combining paint with everyday materials such as glues that invite consideration near and far and desire to have awe inspiring experiences. Inspired by the Icelandish landscape I'd like to visit.
Above & Beyond: A mixed-media series on boardThese are small-scale landscape type works on board that explore the distant landscape both from an aerial perspective and a horizon line view, Process-led, they are made with plaster and mono-printing ink and involve a careful way of working into the materials and eroding them back over time.
Intimacy My first main photographic series was shot on film and exploring the possibilities of macro and mirco in photography looked at trying to combine both aerial and macro viewpoints - cells and rivers. Everyday substances such as food dyes were used as they could be both opaque and transparent. They were combined with natural objects such as twigs to make highly saturated, photographic prints that were shown unframed, mounted on di-bond to heighten the immediacy of viewing them. They were shown at Lewisham Art House and on tour with Gallery-net from 1999-2000 in a joint show with painter Annabel Kapp.