'Balancing Act' installation using newspapers, glue; for Plymouth Art Weekender 2016, at Plymouth School of Performing Arts.
Still Futures 3, at Hidden Door Festival, Edinburgh June 2016
'Still Future 3' exhibition at Hidden Door Festival June 2016. Organised and curated by John Ayscough. "Stripper" and "For Sale" poster works on paper, sizes approx. 165cm X 103 cm. For this exhibition I reworked everyday familiar sale banners, to create poster works that allude to darker political undercurrents and anxieties associated with materialism. They also refer to the location of the exhibition, close to the area most known for Edinburgh’s strip clubs, highlighting links to prostitution of different sorts. The text makes use of quotes from Oscar Wilde, Tom Waits amongst others, combining the sublime with the banal.
'Crossingpoint', Mapping the Arteries Commission for An Lanntair, Stornaway, Western Isles.
This artwork was created for “The Carry” Bus Shelter in Bhaltos Glen, as a personal response to the uniqueness of the location and its surrounding landscape. The artwork is a large scale collage that incorporates paper from newspapers in a reworking of an old contour map of the area, with the format and location of the bus stop at the central position; this is in combination with an image of the Scottish flag superimposed over the contours of the landscape, with names of locations reworked in gold paint.
The intention for the work was to create something that would look eye catching from a distance, with seemingly obvious abstract forms, while revealing details of interest when seen close up. The work reflects the bus shelter’s role as a meeting place, a place of intersections on journeys, and a place for waiting, providing something that can be read to fill the time. Random snippets of yesterday’s news mirror the way we are bombarded with information in our daily lives, alluding to the impossibility of ever being able to keep up with or truly make sense of it all. The artwork attempts to highlight the overriding importance of the roads, the intersection of the sea and the land, the weather; and reminds us of the psychological implications of these elemental forces like the wind and the importance of water in the creation of the Glen, a unique SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest). The use of metallic paint brings to mind the light on the waves of the sea or the bubbles on a stream, implying movement and travel of different sorts. Photographs by Elsie Mitchell. With thanks to Elsie and Derek Scanlon, for invaluable assistance and hospitality. www.mangurstadhgallery.com