SITE SPECIFIC RESIDENCY ‘OPEN LIMITS’, 2016
GROUP EXHIBITION, ARTISTS: HANNAH BALL, KELSEY CRUZ-MARTIN, PACE FRITH, ARTEMIS CROWLEY AND HANNAH DANCE.
This exhibition was the first collective exhibition that I did along with my peers, where some artists worked together and others on their own. I decided to make a painting in the space. The painting was a representation of the location and the surroudings in which the residency took place. The residency was a week long and we put on a private view to mark the start of the exhibition week. The work itself took 7 words from the gravestones that surrounded the chapel. There was something so special about the place and the location in which I was working in. The environment and atmosphere was so welcoming, yet disturbing. The colours each represented one of the words that I took from the gravestones, and the position in which the words were found was mapped out onto the canvas. The canvas is 2.5m x 1.5m in size, and there is a certain feeling about the immovability of the piece in its location in which it was made. The chapel had large doors, in which the painting was made to fit into, again another judgement made due to the site specificity of the piece.
This residency and exhibition was a very important stage in my career as a practicing artist, I see the importance of site specify and location from a very different perspective. This has also relaxed my way in which I paint, using the words allowed me to become more free in my style of painting and making work. It taught me to be brave with a concept and not to be worried about the aesthetic outcome of a piece. The painting was displayed in an unconventional way using bricks on the chapel floor to elevate the painting. The painting was presented in a way that referenced a gravestone. The work made many obvious references to the place in which it was being made, however this did not raise any concerns, as this was the purpose for the painting.