Sophie Dishman

Interview: Crab Walk Artists

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The Crab Walk Exhibition opening night happened at the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art on Thursday October 29 and featured some of the artists that are exhibiting in the show. 

Sophie Dishman went along to speak to Rosalind Mclachlan, Jennifer Douglas, Sally Troughton and Alex Dordoy at the event.

S: What part did you play in the exhibition?

R: My piece of work is called [inaudible] catch a falling star revolves around a meteorite that fell in Russia over the city of Chelyabinsk in February 2013. It was documented on people’s cameras in their cars, their dashboard cameras and CCTV camera pictures went onto Youtube and it received world-wide attention. It produced a massive fireball – if it had actually hit the earth it could of been really destructive. Then the church of the meteorite started up in Russia. As an artist my background is in archaeology – and I was interested in this idea of objects – power objects. This meteorite has a kind of significance scientifically but also culturally.

J: I’ve got work in the exhibition. So I’ve got a series of paintings, I guess I’d call them sculptural paintings because of what they are made from and the process that I use – so I’m exhibiting in the exhibition.

Sally: Well I’m exhibiting an installation which is two canvases and a concrete installation piece and a sound piece plays throughout the gallery that accompanies the digital canvases.

A: So I have a series of paintings in this show which depict different kinds of images and different kinds of ways of painting but I as an artist also make sculptures and installations so for me this was opportunity to try out how different kinds of paintings could relate to each other in a space.

S: What inspired you to create the art?

R: I remember seeing the video of the meteorite coming down in 2013 and I heard about the church of the meteorite, I got more interested in it. I decided to bid on a piece of the meteorite and I knew I wanted to do something with it but it wasn’t till I actually spoke to George Vasey about this exhibition that I thought it would work for the show.

J: Well the pieces I’ve created are using carbon paper and I’m applying that onto a piece of canvas. It’s about utilising materials that are kind of now obsolete and don’t really have a life and bringing them back to life in some way and reinterpreting them.

Sally: I’m interested in place and changing local identities within the digital age. The work that I’ve put in the show started from an investigation maybe two years ago into a place called Haysborough which was a site of archaeological importance. The site has been excavated since 2005 and it hosts remains of neolific human civilisations so it started from there and spiralled out into this different specific project. So this is the outcome.

A: I think my approach is always, I don’t want to say diaristic in the sense that it directly relates to things in life but if you imagine there is only so much a brain really contains and you are always attempting to give that material form. And that isn’t literal necessarily it can be a very oblique action but I think it comes from where you are in your life at that point in time and the things you are interested in, in a quite basic sense.

S: What’s next for you after this exhibition?

R: It’s been really nice to go back to working with objects, the last piece of work I did – I did a film installation and although I do film in this installation as well – it’s was really nice to work with materials and objects again. I’d kind of like to go back to using my hands to make something.

J: Back to the studio and I’m going to keep making my work. I don’t think I’ve got an exhibition planned as yet – for me it’s just go back to the studio and keep making, it’s really important.

Sally: At the moment I’m making another piece hopefully for a gallery that will show in January in London so that’ll be a great show – so that’s what I’m working towards but it’s all rotated around place and time.

A: Got a couple more shows coming up and yeah just getting back into the studio – it is a job.

You can find out more information about the artists in the exhibition by going to the Northern Gallery of Contemporary Arts.

The exhibition is on until February 20 2016.


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