Approved: 01.03.2012

Anne Deeming

Artist, Maker, Researcher

Approved: 01.03.2012

The objects I am designing and making look familiar and usable in some way - and yet are not. Their features can trigger an association, a memory; of something you have used or seen before. My reference points are usually photographs - taken of things I see on the street - litter, recycling, abandoned furniture; or items in buildings connected to larger systems - switches, handles, thermostats. Alongside

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  • Location: Bristol, South West
  • Activities: Practice-based research, Residencies, Public art, Private commissions
  • Categories: Environment, Installation, Intervention, Public Art, Sculpture
  • Tags: temporary sculpture, everyday, public realm, temporary, public realm, everyday, functional, re used
 

Biography

The objects I am designing and making look familiar and usable in some way - and yet are not. Their features can trigger an association, a memory; of something you have used or seen before. My reference points are usually photographs - taken of things I see on the street - litter, recycling, abandoned furniture; or items in buildings connected to larger systems - switches, handles, thermostats. Alongside this, I research existing domestic or industrial objects, such as soap dishes or shelving. All these references are then pulled together in a new prototype, hybrid object, using casting as the technique to reproduce large quantities of each item. The process of making is vital, as is excessive repetition. Although they appear identical, small differences in thickness or surface marks indicate each object as handcrafted, and not machine made - and this is essential to the work. By working with minimal means - the objects made from one material ie plaster or resin, supported or carried by another different material ie fabric or rubber - many different meanings can exist within the work; a psychoanalytical reading alongside a comment on commercialisation. But fundamentally, it's about myself, being a maker, striving for perfection that is never satisfied. Useless, beautiful objects of desire; neither functional nor purely ornament, they encompass much about craft, about time, and the ambiguity of things. They take their place in the world, relating to everyday life and the experiences of living today, in this time and place.

CV & Education

Education    MA Fine Art (Distinction) Bath Spa University
        2:1 BA(hons) Fine Art: Sculpture, Winchester School of Art


Selected Exhibitions

2016 The Gaps Between, Spike Island Testspace, Bristol

2015 do what you can: exercise x, Bute Park, Cardiff
        BV Open Studios

2014 We Could Not Agree, Cavendish Square underground car park, London 
        BV Studios Open
        Extended shelf life, Gallery333, Exeter Phoenix, 

2013 Exeter Contemporary Open, Exeter Phoenix
        MA AD, Group Show, Walcot Chapel, Bath

2012 Shape showcase in the City, Gracechurch St, London
        This means something, The Parlourshowrooms, Bristol
        Open Studios Weekend, Mivart Artists, Bristol
        MA show, Bath Spa School of Art & Design

2011 National Open Competition, Motorcade/Flashparade, Bristol

2010 Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary Exhibition, Shape, London
        City of Bath College, Bath
        New Year, New Work, View Art Gallery, Bristol

2009 15 Christmas Steps Gallery, Group Show, Bristol
        Exhibition 3, View Art Gallery, Bristol

2008 156th Autumn Exhibition, RWA, Bristol
        There’s no room for individuality here, Tobacco Factory, Bristol
        Five, Awning Project, Bristol

Commissions

2013         I didn’t see you there, Hand in Glove public realm commission 

Residencies

2010          AA2A scheme City of Bath College

Projects

2012/13     This means something, artist collective
2009         Bam*, 3 month pop up gallery, Bristol

Funding    

Arts Council Grants for the Arts
Exeter CC small grants award