This video is the little sister to my first solo photography exhibition, Arabesque.
A series of dance portraits, printed onto silk, exploring motion.
The exhibition was part of Brighton Photo Fringe 2012 and was hung at Naked Tea & Coffee Company for 6 weeks, in which the public were invited to interact with the artworks.
This video describes the texture and feeling of the Silk Habouti and its relationship with light.
‘Arabesque’ is a graceful position in dance. In an ongoing project, I have
collaborated with dancers Elena Saorin and Leo Brizad to create a series of images
exploring motion. My background in filmmaking has drawn my attention to the way
different mediums interpret light. I have developed a visual language that
encompasses multi disciplinary philosophies. I look to the work of such artists as
Degas, Vittorio Storaro, Caravaggio, Pina Bausch and the Impressionists; drawing
inspiration from their emphasis on capturing light and movement. I have
experimented with these ideas further by printing onto fabric, as a member of the
audience you are welcome to touch the pieces, to become involved in their movement.
The agitation of the fabric raises awareness of both the abstract nature of the
image as well as of the texture within it.
Brighton Photo Fringe runs along side Brighton Photo Biennial, they offer a great opportunity for any lens based artist to exhibit and work together as a community with help and creative support. My exhibition is part of over 160 happening in Brighton from October to November. BPF Website
Arabesque will run for 5 weeks at The Red Room at Naked Tea & Coffee Company off of Ship Street in Brighton, until 18th Nov
Each photograph is printed onto Silk Habouti by Cameron Gilmartin who I have worked closely with for this exhibition. They have extensive experience in traditional and digital areas, for both the fashion industry and home interiors. The fabric is pre-coated, digitally printed then steamed and washed.
If you are interested in buying any of these Silk Habouti prints which include a hanging kit please contact me here.
I chose 3 photographs from a collection which I shot recently of an artist, Alex Burrows-McGill painting a live performance of Beth Radish. The resulting photographs, inspired by the other 2 artists, resembled the paintings, in their texture & movement and this was enhanced when Colourstream printed them onto fine art water colour paper.
The whole piece: performance, painting & photography were called ‘Painting the Female Nude’