4 December 2015 - 19 February 2016
An exhibition of 2d and 3d contemporary artworks by six artists all members of the University’s Faculty of Creative Industries.
Artists: Carol Hiles, Celia Jackson, Lisa Krigel, Tiffany Oben, Heather Parnell and Natalia Dias.
"The banal, the quotidian, the obvious, the common, the ordinary, the infra-ordinary, the background noise, the habitual? [ ... J How are we to speak of these common things, how to track them down, how to flush them out, wrest them from the dross in which they are mired, how to give them meaning, a tongue, to let them, finally, speak of what it is, who we are".
Georges Perec, Species of Spaces, 1974.
I have had a longstanding interest in how personal histories, events and relationships can be recorded and remembered through everyday objects, mementos and memorabilia associated with them. I've explored these ideas via drawing, digital technology and the direct use of objects, experimenting with archiving and cataloguing but also exploring ways to enlist the sensory qualities and properties of substances and materials to elicit meaning. Much of my work this year has concentrated on documenting some very ordinary and commonplace objects over short periods of time. In January I plotted the movements of objects on the plateaus of my bedroom shelves, recording my daily routines through their shifting positions. Between April and September, the objects discovered in my pockets became the focus of attention, there were a lot of tissues. These archives of material evidence denote concrete occurrences and experiences. The subsequent responses, aim to connote what can be articulated of these moments passed, through the correlation between object, material and process.
Chav Odyssey 2009-2012
Tiff Oben & Tom Goddard
Photographic Documentation of Performances:
Chav at First Sight 2009, Photographed by Kim Fielding
Chav Grand Tour of Venice 2011, Photographed by Victoria Malcolm
Chav Roadside Memorial, 2012, Photographed by Tiff Oben
Tiff Oben's practice is generated in collaboration with others, other artists, the viewer of art and the random passer-by. All are drawn in, whether knowingly or unknowingly, into constructed situations, spaces, performances and events, that aim to antagonize and tease out inner prejudices. In 2009 Tiff Oben and Tom Goddard began a series of performances in which they intervened into their everyday identities to dress as the stereotypical working class pariah, the chav, in white nylon sportswear, trainers and cheap gold jewellery. The performances not only affected the clothes that they wore but also their gesturing and interactions with
others. They did not actively become aggressive, surly, negative, but it was always taken for granted that they were out to cause trouble. There was no direction, no set action nor dialogue; they simply became their characters.
Full fathom five thy father lies,
of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes;
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.
(William Shakespeare, The Tempest, I. 2. 397-403)
My father spent most of his life in, on or near the sea. He was born in Whitstable, Kent, in 1925 and grew up to the sound of gulls and shrimp-sellers. Later, when he joined the RAF, he was stationed in the Far East and brought back small packets of beautiful black-and-white photographs taken with his Leica camera. These show a mixture of exotic gardens, architecture, and beach scenes featuring implausibly large, feathery palm trees and brilliant sunshine. Later Dad acquired a small dinghy and we would sail this determinedly up and down the River Avon on summer weekends, tacking every minute or so - less on a windy day, as the river was so narrow. He would also take sailing holidays on the North Sea, living on board for several days with new-found friends; these experiences inspired
the poetry and short stories he wrote many years later. Towards the end of his life Dad would take me and his two grandchildren to the Canary Islands every summer, where the white sands and dazzling turquoise sea were always a source of joy to him. He lost his life in the sea in August 2011, off La Oliva Beach outside Corralejo, Fuerteventura. As was his habit, he was floating on his back, looking up into the intense blue of the sky, and his heart simply stopped. The images made for Full Fathom Five represent my first hesitant steps towards making something positive from the memories of that terrible day. Like the American photographer Barbara Ess, I am "trying to photograph what cannot be photographed", and, like her, I use the simplest of pinhole cameras to capture my way of experiencing the world.
Originally from Portugal, Natalia moved to Britain in 2001 to pursue her creative career. It
was her passion for ceramics that brought Natalia to Wales and in 2009 she gained her First
Class Honours degree in Ceramics at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Upon graduating she was awarded the graduate scholarship at Fireworks Clay studios. In 2010 Natalia won the gold medal for Craft and Design at the National Eisteddfod of Wales and in 2013 she was granted a Creative Wales Award. Natalia has been working as a ceramics technician at the University of South Wales since
2011, specialised in plaster mould making and slip casting her work reflects this. Her unique
sculptural pieces take hundreds of hours, a lot of tenacity and technical skill to accomplish. But it's the love that Natalia has for constantly experimenting and pushing boundaries with her making techniques that keeps her infused with passion for working with such challenging material as clay. Bridging Craft and Fine Art Natalia's practice focuses on expressing the human condition, love, life and death through the medium of clay.
“I convey my metaphorical vision through magic realism, visceral installations and sculptures
to evoke in the viewer a sublime feeling of poetic beauty while taking them on a darker
voyage. To express the brittle transiency of life and its humble beauty; the pure fact of matter from the minute to the infinite and its eternal ephemera."