AA2A Artist

Emily Joy

Artform:
installation, drawing, sculpture
Year:
2018 - 19
Location:
Stroud Valleys Artspace, Stroud
Influences:
philosophy of language, memory and trace
Email:
emilyjoysculpture@hotmail.co.uk
Social link:
www.emilyjoyartist.com
Project summary:

I am a sculptor and installation artist making work which is often participatory, focusing on predominantly ‘poor’ materials including paper, earth and clay. My practice is concerned with the subjectivity and loss inherent in the act of remembering and reimagining; including why and how experience is mediated by the imperfect copies of memory, language and image. This study is concerned with trace, representation and the boundaries of the self. This is explored through limitations of the physical body, through confrontation with material mass and through personal and technical failure. My work invites the viewer to be complicit in the creation, recreation or destruction of the work through participatory acts and immersive installations which draw upon multiple personal and public narratives.

The AA2A Programme would provide an opportunity develop current work exploring ideas of tethering/untethering, which encompasses work relating to movement and meaning, and the notion of blockages, gaps and disintegration through material and linguistic means.Work currently takes the form of large representational drawings and accompanying descriptive text pieces of mundane or commonly overlooked objects (often culturally specific, common plants), and installation which incorporates elements of film, sculpture and sound. I plan to further explore how language and drawing function to build or break down a coherent description, countering this with sculptural explorations of tethering or untethering of objects ranging from simple moveable or vehicular objects linked to travel, to depictions of immoveable and immense rocks and land masses.

Working within a university environment will allow access to materials, time and space to explore sculptural works, will create a space for contact with researchers to develop theory work and provide vital contact with students, staff and the public to develop participatory works and accompanying methodologies.

I am a sculptor and installation artist making work which is often participatory, focusing on predominantly ‘poor’ materials including paper, earth and clay. My practice is concerned with the subjectivity and loss inherent in the act of remembering and reimagining; including why and how experience is mediated by the imperfect copies of memory, language and image. This study is concerned with trace, representation and the boundaries of the self. This is explored through limitations of the physical body, through confrontation with material mass and through personal and technical failure. My work invites the viewer to be complicit in the creation, recreation or destruction of the work through participatory acts and immersive installations which draw upon multiple personal and public narratives.

The AA2A Programme would provide an opportunity develop current work exploring ideas of tethering/untethering, which encompasses work relating to movement and meaning, and the notion of blockages, gaps and disintegration through material and linguistic means.Work currently takes the form of large representational drawings and accompanying descriptive text pieces of mundane or commonly overlooked objects (often culturally specific, common plants), and installation which incorporates elements of film, sculpture and sound. I plan to further explore how language and drawing function to build or break down a coherent description, countering this with sculptural explorations of tethering or untethering of objects ranging from simple moveable or vehicular objects linked to travel, to depictions of immoveable and immense rocks and land masses.

Working within a university environment will allow access to materials, time and space to explore sculptural works, will create a space for contact with researchers to develop theory work and provide vital contact with students, staff and the public to develop participatory works and accompanying methodologies.

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