RSA: New Contemporaries – Artist POV

The process starts in July 2016, if you are one of the artists to find a ‘Selected Artist’ label beside your name, you know that the unknown of leaving art school at least comes with perks. The stress and tears of setting up your degree show all of a sudden doesn’t matter as much.

Thus begins the journey of working professionally in the art community. You know that after all your hard work you owe it to yourself to make the most of everything that art school has to offer, even after you leave.

I was lucky enough to be offered the chance to be part of RSA: NEW CONTEMPORARIES this year (2017). I won’t say it was the best experience, but it wasn’t the worst either. It was exactly what I needed to do in order for me to figure out what I don’t want to do. I won’t bore you with the details of that, I will leave that for another time.

For me I loved being included amongst some really talent artists, whose work I can’t wait to see more of.

Frances Rokhlin who won the Glenfiddich Artist is Residence, her small, intimate landscape paintings were in many ways more detailed and atmospheric than the much larger paintings exhibited. She was able to bring a sense of place with the clever use of multiple small paintings.

Harmony Jane Bury, a fellow Gray’s graduate exhibited some new work, her macro photography will stand out no matter where it is exhibited. Her use of the human body brings forth a new appreciation for the overlooked details of what makes us who we are. The addition of wings highlights the fragility and the material of man and nature.

I would encourage any future ‘Selected Artist’ to make the most of the opportunity exhibiting in the heart of Edinburgh. It offers a chance for you to generate discussion or debate about what is currently happening in Scotland. The art community in Scotland is thriving and should not overlooked.

Image Credit: Clara Hastrup, Abscission (2016), video still




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