April 6, 2010, 6:23 pm
Filed under: Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap Collective

basement noun a partly or wholly underground storey of a building.

In this first collaborative effort, five different artists; Amy O’Driscoll, Theodore Griffiths, Ian Wilkins, Frances Smith and Louise Holt will be producing a diverse set of responses to the notion of working in a basement.

The word ‘basement’ conjures up much in the mind when said. It can be a place for storing away things that are not for public exhibition; objects or ideas which are ‘out of sight’. To this end the five artists will be producing a set of responses working to this ethos. They will be working with the idea that ‘art’ can be fun, not just something that needs to be contextualised.

Amy O’Driscoll, recently graduated in MA Ceramics, will be working to produce 3D sculptural work and drawings influenced by themes of hierarchy and layerings of meaning. In essence, she will be producing a thematic response to the notion of being ‘tucked away’ in a basement.

Theodore Griffiths, a recent graduate in MA Fine Art, will be seeking to continue with his practice where it was left off at Masters level and continue to explore his interest in photomontage. He is keen to incorporate his burgeoning interest in three-dimensional anaglyphic images into his existing practice.

Ian Wilkins, currently studying an MA in Fine Art at UWIC, will be seeking to produce a body of work centred around the process(es) of printmaking exploring themes of British heritage contrasting it with contemporary culture and British identity.

Frances Smith, a recent graduate in BA Fine Art: Printmaking, is an experimental photographer, the subject matter of which borders between beauty and repulsion. She has asked that the word ‘Organic’ be used in the context of her practice.

Louise Holt, a Textiles artist, produces work through the medium of knit. She creates objects which are both beautiful but which carry a contemporary subversive meaning. Her work has been called ‘dangerously inappropriate’ by her colleagues.


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