Paula Adams

Paula Adams

Artist, Lecturer / academic

Paula Adams makes work that is at once sculpture, painting and photographic print. To make large-scale work she takes photographs of small models and sculptures made of wood, plastic or metal, which she has made in her studio. These photographs are developed and made into 6x4 prints. She then works into the photographs by scratching the surfaces using scalpels; cutting into the top layer of the paper and peeling back sections to reveal the underneath. She also works on top of the photographs with dyes, inks and pigments giving the surfaces a new colour palette. The images are then scanned at a high resolution and printed at a large scale using an inkjet printer and robust, satin Hannehmule 308gsm Fine Art paper. The lender explains: ‘I’m greatly influenced by ‘line’ and this piece certainly has loads of ‘line’! I only came to appreciate the colours after I got the piece home and saw it in good light. I was also most impressed in the process that Paula uses to produce the work’.

Contemporary art Society, London MULTIPLE CHOICE Contemporary Prints & Editions from Private Collections in the North Exhibition Catalogue 2013

HOMESICK FOR SOMEWHERE ELSE: uncanny aesthetics, re-appropriation and object making as an analysis of architecture/the built environment Homesickness is an emotional response to actual or anticipated separation from the home environment or 'attachment objects' (i.e. those with strong, personal meaning) and is akin to nostalgia. Thus, being placed in an unknown or unfamiliar environment can create a sense of displacement and longing. This is a central theme in the work: decoding the psychological aspect of buildings and what they 'mean' - the way architecture reflects emotional states - and trying to capture this sense of the unknowable through the metamorphosis of buildings, objects and space, shifting their meaning, significance and function through how they then re-appear. Adams uses what is available (a room, a photograph, personal possessions) paring this down, cutting it up, re-assembling it, drawing onto it - getting past its surface appearance to create different sets of visual meanings. She starts with objects that have either been made or acquired - then re-appropriates their physical form and compositional structure, creating a 'false' environment or altered state that evokes character, narrative, mood and emotion - similar to the way 'mise en scene' does in film through set layout, lighting, props etc. The work resonates with Duchamp's comment that, to 'create' is to insert an object into a new scenario, to consider it a character in a narrative, which gives objects an anthropomorphic connotation and implies that a particular relationship is generated from the simple positioning of one thing next to another.

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Location UK, UK Wide
Activities Higher education, Further education, Adult education, Lecturing, Workshops, Participatory projects, Gallery education, Project management, Technical installation, Photographic documentation, Studio practice
Artforms / type of project Drawing, Film & Video, Installation, Photography, Sculpture
Tags art, photography, drawing, sculpture, film, collage, installation

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