Approved: 07.05.2011

Phil McAthey

Artist, Film-maker

Approved: 07.05.2011

My work is centred on the farmhouse and 14 acres of land and woodland that my wife and I moved onto Eleven years ago in Carmarthenshire, West Wales. My recent work has involved using still and moving images to create work about duration, temporality and seasonality. I have been researching Gilles Deleuze's ideas around Time and Movement images as well as the concept of 'Becoming'.

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Artist Statement

My work is centred on the farmhouse and 14 acres of land and woodland that my wife and I moved onto Eleven years ago in Carmarthenshire, West Wales. My recent work has involved using still and moving images to create work about duration, temporality and seasonality. I have been researching Gilles Deleuze's ideas around Time and Movement images as well as the concept of 'Becoming'. My work hinges on what Tacita Dean refers to as 'observational chance' as well as trying to convey a sense of what I call 'the tension of expectation' whereby the viewer asks themselves "is anything at all going to happen in this film I am watching?". I have been influenced by a number of artists including Peter Finnemore, Gideon Koppel and Anthony Shapland. My earlier work focused on objects that had been left, dumped or otherwise abandoned around the farm by the various previous owners. Some items I photographed in-situ up in the woods, others I took into a makeshift naturally-lit studio in an old cow barn.

CV & Education

  • Qualifications and training 2014 - MA in Contemporary Dialogues (Photography) awarded with Distinction, University of Wales, Trinity St. David, 2011 - BA (Hons) First Class, Photography in the Arts, Swansea Metropolitan University, Swansea Group exhibitions 2012 - Rituals of Recreation, The Photographic Angle, Bristol, Uxbridge, Birmingham 2011 - Second Chance for a First Look, Oriel Bach, Mumbles, Swansea 2010 - Big Screen Exhibition, BBC outdoor screen, Swansea Centre 2010 - Our Summer Exhibition, Swansea Grand Theatre, Swansea Degree shows 2012 - We're Thinking About It (MA Part 1 show), Ty-Bryn Glas Business School, Swansea Met. 2011 - Swansea Met Photography Degree Show, Free Range, Old Truman Brewery, London