Jerwood UNITe 2022 Open Studio, 13th May 2022, g39, Cardiff.1
My studio residency at g39 began with a focus on processes for making large-scale sculpture and painting, a progression from recent research undertaken during residencies with Kunstraum, London (supported by a Jerwood Bursary) (2021), and Hypha Studios & London Borough of Waltham Forest (2022).
Researching culturally specific lash shearing and binding techniques used to stabilise hand-assembled structures, I experimented making large-scale geometric architectural forms from bamboo. Examining the ecology and culturally specific associations, history, and symbolism of bamboo and organic debris gathered from trips to unique habitats (Epping Forest, Dungeness, and Joshua Tree) that I brought to the studio with me, my understanding of these materials and my relationship to their ecological homes and landscapes deepened.
Studying films of my trip to the Wonder Valley desert, I began experimenting with abstract painting techniques and improvised, large-scale landscape painting. Intrigued by the fact and fiction of landscape, the integrity and degradation of its representation(s) in images, memory, and time, I followed this line of enquiry to different resolutions across film and painting.
I processed my research through intervals of dancing and reflective writing, cultivating sustained intuitive engagements with embodied configurations of materials and processes, finding and crafting forms, relations, and language across mediums within my work.
Becoming local temporarily, I developed meaningful friendships with residency artists, the team at g39, and members of the wider art community in Cardiff.
1 Jerwood UNITe 2022 Open Studio, 13th May 2022, g39, Cardiff. Performance filmed by Anthony Shapland. Music: Olbass Allbase 004 (140BPM), Vegyn; Clouds Up, Air; Cafe D’Athens, Foals; Umdali, Sibusile Xaba, Naftali, Fakazile Nkosi, AshK; Six, These New Puritans.
Special thanks to
the team at g39 and studio residency artists: George H Wale, Zillah Bowes, Gwenllian Davenport, Umulkhayr Mohammed, Kelly Best, Cecile Johnson Soliz & Will Barrett, and GWENBA.
auto:save by GWENBA. GWENBA is a multidisciplinary [new:media] artist and filmmaker based in Cardiff & Bristol. Her work explores the notion of togetherness, non somatic touch and post-human links. auto:save is an ongoing collaborative digital space in its third instalment. This volume is in conversation with the artists on the Jerwood UNITe residency at g39. The video explores each artist’s thoughts and interests during their time here, paired with digital artefacts, archives and documentation of work.