Ever Grainger's extruded silicone artworks investigate a hand-material-tool language of sculpture, working freehand with an adapted caulking or extrusion gun, silicone is squeezed and drawn with balancing material and tool behaviours with instinct and intent.
The work is a development of a history of negotiating tool-based aspects of making work. With current computer technology removing the need for any physical interaction, eg. the devising of sculpture from scratch purely within 3D modelling software, Grainger instead returns to more basic level tools where physical overrides, and responsive control in the moment are still possible as a way of attempting to retain contact and negotiate this dilemma.
Her recent work, 'Slabb: Grey' was awarded The Pangolin Digital Sculpture Prize, and has been laser scanned and a 3D digital file created. This will allow for the work to be translated into different materials via 3D printing and potentially casting in bronze, or even scaled dramatically up for a future iteration. Options that will extend the ongoing dialogue of materials, tools and practice methodology.
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UK artist Ever Grainger's recent work in silicone was awarded The Pangolin Digital Sculpture Prize’ at the The Royal West of England Academy Open 22. A prize of a digital 3D laser scan of that allows for its reproduction at any scale, in a variety of materials including bronze.
Other group exhibitions in 2022 included work selected for The Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition; The Royal Society of Sculptors Summer Show, The Royal West of England Academy (a Royal hat trick) and Wells Art Contemporary.
Previous exhibitions include The Gothenburg Museum of Art Sweden; Gallery Works Osaka; Occupy my Time Brick Lane; Shoreditch Town Hall London; Bearspace London, Glasgow International Art Festival and Phoenix Gallery Brighton.
Grainger is graduate of Birmingham School of Art, UCE, (BA Hons, 2003) where work on graduation was selected for New Contemporaries and subsequent residencies were invited for New Art Gallery Walsall and Cultural City Network, Graz.
Ever was elected a member of The Royal Society of Sculptors in 2021.
Note: Ever is pronounced as in 'ever before' etc.