Mound [and other objects]

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Truscott-Elves, R. 2020. Mound [and other objects]. Hastings Contemporary 18 Jan - 22 Mar 2020
CreatorsTruscott-Elves, R.

From Hastings Contemporary website: "Anne Ryan has curated The Studio at 4 a.m. for Hastings Contemporary, showcasing work by eight exciting contemporary artists: Anna Brass, Frances Burden, Andrew Child, Freya Guest, Xiao-Yang Li, Aimee Parrott, Ross Taylor and Rebecca Truscott-Elves.

For the title of this exhibition Ryan was inspired by Alberto Giacometti’s The Palace at 4 a.m., a small wooden sculpture made in 1932. The sculpture depicts an encounter between a woman, a bird and a spinal column. Giacometti’s sculpture is a classic example of early 20th Century Surrealism both stylistically and in its exploration of themes relating to obsession and dream-like states.

Ryan explains: ‘There are eight people in my curated exhibition, and I’ve selected them for their passion and the sense of joy in their work, which I’m really excited to show. Each artist hand-builds and crafts their work using a process of intense, joyful and prolonged making to push themselves into a deep, but at the same time ‘switched off’ state of mind where their best work gets done.’

There are lots of terms for the intensely focused creative state of mind: flow, autopilot, stream of consciousness, the zone. It is generally described by psychologists as being immersed in a state of deep focus, so fully involved and absorbed by an activity that all sense of space and time is lost. This is the metaphorical 4 a.m. of ‘deep-making’ that the artists in this exhibition attain in their thinking-through-making approach to their work."

ExhibitorTruscott-Elves, R.
KeywordsCeramics; Practice led research; Drawing; Contemporary art; Practice based research
Date18 Jan 2020
22 Mar 2020
Exhibition titleThe Studio at 4 a.m.
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Rebecca Truscott-Elves
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Items exhibited:

- Mound
- Trophy
- Protrusions
- Vessel II
- Ebb
- Palm
- Contusion I
- Contustion II
- Contusion III
- Chatter

Ceramic and drawn works exhibited are outcomes of thinking around and through ideas of taking splintered part-vestiges of the domestic and reconstructing them into some new whole, as part of my practice-led research. They emerge from processes developed to coax these peripheral beings into something like light.

Hastings Contemporary is funded by Arts Council England and Hastings Borough Council.

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Deposited24 Mar 2020
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