Artists Statement Manipulation and interference. Nurturing and treating a lost cause. Decay is inevitable but preserving allows for a permanent state. Why death? From death comes life, in the form of mould. A breeding ground of a perishable substance. A display offers a protective cover to contain the specimen and protect the viewer. It becomes a restriction, an isolated space, an icubator of decay.
Light plays a vital role in the visuals of my practice. particulary in reference to the sewn leaves. endurance is required to perform such a task as well as having a delicate hand. held up to the light the hole made to repair the leaf can be seen. almost defeating the idea of repairing the leaf as it had to made it worse to be made better.
A Trace. When this leaf was initial found the colour of the cotton embellished and highlighted the tonal variations of the leaf, over time the the leaf began to show signs of decay, the shade became dull and it became brittle, the state of the leaf when it was found was documented through replicating the shade. The textile retains the memory of the leaf.
My current practice has seen me experimenting with the manipulation, altering and exploring the sustain ability of a material. Decay to a natural material is inevitable an intervention could delay this deteoration but not completely, how do i achieve a permanent state? Coating stitched leaves in latex, pva and varnish helps give a skin like and solid quality as well as protecting the leaf from further decay. My work is very ephemeral, its state is very short lived, the mould, once blossomed, continues to develop at a rate that is uncontrollable. Recording my found objects and created specimens becomes possible through photography. A medium that has allowed me to record moments in time so a comparison can be established between the weeks of documentation. To what end do i record these experiments? will it ever end? The samples are the soul of the project and the camera a tool but the images almost become more important as they remain intact where the specimens rot and disintegrate. At the beginning of the project i was quite adamant that there be a strong presence of the science versus nature, particulary visually. Although to a certain extent this is the case (grids v mould) it is not in reference to controlling the variables of my experiments. For example in the petri dish experiments the mould is grown through the use of natural yoghurt but i failed to measure the exact amount i put in every dish, as a result the undoubtedly contributes to the amount of mould that develops. Do i need to place restrictions on my experiments? Or is it merely a visual i am looking for? To gain a varied selection to exhibit and convey how beautiful mould can be.
Artists Curriculum Vitae Ellie Welsh 25 Manor drive Headingly Leeds LS6 1DE Contact details- firstname.lastname@example.org 07805116832 Education/Qualifications Art and Design Interdisciplinary- BA Hons. (September 2008- Present) Hallcross Sixth Form (September 2006- July 2008) Hungerhill High School (September 2001- June 2006)
3 A levels
9 GCSEâ€™s (A*-C)
Experience GIDE is an international artists gathering held every year in different locations across Europe. Consisting of numerous art and design courses where we worked collaboratively. I attended the 2010 workshop. Working alongside students of various nationalities at times created a language barrier but this also promoted other forms of communication and generated different forms of working methods. I found this experience to be highly beneficial and as an artist made myself more confident in my abilities. Leeds International Artists Book Fair. Exhibited alongside peers and professionally established artists. Group exhibitions. As part of my degree course I have been involved in two exhibitions where I played vital roles in installing and at parts curating pieces of work as well as exhibiting my own pieces. Artists Statement Manipulation and interference. Nurturing and treating a lost cause. Decay is inevitable but preserving allows for a permanent state. Why death? From death comes life, in the form of mould. A breeding ground of a perishing substance. Displaying- a protective cover to contain the specimen and protect the viewer. A restriction. Isolation. An eternal state.