Hancock-Martin uses the exhibition space as a core material in her work. Alterations to a building are observed in changes to the finish of the space. Ceiling surfaces, walls floors and fittings are adjusted or covered to achieve a new texture, pattern and experience of the location.
In this working of layers, the artist shows us something unseen and unexpected. The predictable lines and patterns found in the building are juxtaposed against the installed work in a play with the hidden; through what is stripped back and made honest but also through what is concealed to deceive. The sense of play within the work constructs an interactivity that isn't instructed or contrived, but engages questions of what is believable and what we can trust.
The care and attention to each installation employs detailed craftsmanship of each component, bringing to question comments on mass production, quality and good design and its place in architecture.
In the fragility in these new surfaces the viewer is forced to ask how well built the space is - will the ceiling fall, and will the floor hold me up?
Iris Kid 2011.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training
2006 - BA Fine Art, Central St Martins College of Art and Design, Byam Shaw, London
2011 - Altered Space; New Work by Amy Hancock-Martin, Motorcade/Flashparade, Bristol
2012 - Dowsing For Water, Waring House, Bristol
2012 - IT IS AS IT WAS, Good Press Gallery , Glasgow
2010 - Islington Contemporary Art and Design Fayre, Candid Arts , London
2010 - Teign Valley Art Trail, Newton Abbot
2009 - Byam Shaw Degree Show, Byam Shaw School of Art, Central St Martins, London
Educational experience - secondary
2011 - Education Assistant , Architecture Centre , Bristol