We had a fantastic November peer group last night with works shown by Andy Wiener and Claire Collison. Thanks to all of you that could make it along and contributed to an inspiring evening. We had a lovely big group of 24 people with 13 new attendees. Hi new people! Below is a recap of the works presented and what was discussed.
Andy Wiener presented new works in progress with the title Wistful Scenes. Andy has a long-term use of masks across his works, often creating uncanny scenes relating to identity and family. In this new work Andy wanted to go back to something bolder, more playful, thinking of the past and his adolescence. We talked about the importance of the stories that go alongside the images — with a split room with some wanting the addition of the memories, and others happy with the mystery. Andy’s masks are often made from archive imagery from his life, which adds another dimension to the physical masks (it’s not Photoshop). We’re looking forward to seeing how this develops, Andy!
Claire Collison presented work from her project that was piloted for 2 years before being funded by Arts Council England. Claire’s work is about making unreconstructed bodies visible, assessing the imagery around us and our societal obsession with breasts and perfection. As a group we discussed how Claire could bring this project to a close, given how much work has been created. From walking tours to life drawing images, this expansive project seemed perfectly placed to the group as a book. We also talked about Women’s Archives (such as the one at LSE) and the idea of this work being used as a resource for organisations. We had a discussion about working with someone unconnected to a project to help edit work down when there is so much, and also finding the thread between work when there are lots of styles coming together. Well done Claire on all your hard work!