Approved: 30.01.2015

Rebecca Ounstead

Artist, Curator, Event organiser, Technician

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Approved: 30.01.2015

My work includes; sculpture, painting, performance, costume and photography. I am concerned with aestheticisation of gender roles, materiality, sexuality, consumer product identity and advertising.

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    Artist Statement

    My work includes; sculpture, painting, performance, costume and photography. I am concerned with aestheticisation of gender roles, materiality, sexuality, consumer product identity and advertising.

    The work attempts to place the viewer in a manipulated and controlled environment. Often with each sense (scent, sound, touch, vision, taste) catered for. Offering the audience an immersive yet subtly discomforting or strange experience that tussles between the familiar or the normative and the unknown.

    The performers offer living, moving, breathing sculptures to the practice that could previously only have been imagined. As an extension of the fabric of the sculptures, the performers are dressed in the same or similar materials, colours and patterns as the 3D objects. This fabric unites the objects (performer and 3D Object) together in an aesthetical bond, that visualises their belonging together, a co-existence.

    Sculpturally the work exists in multiple parts, existing as an assembly of tactile, structural, display devices that support each other and the rest of the environment (the performers or other 3D objects). To support and create the fabric of the practice, I work with hand dying processes, digital fabric printing, resin marbling, wood work, vinyl, hand painting and upholstery techniques.


    Lured into a fetishistic play; materials beckon to be teased and manipulated, fluffed up and glossed. Swathes of organza lick cool steel, Egyptian cottons lay sodden, soft faux furs flirt with becoming sullied. Object becomes ornament. Painting becomes pattern. Fabric becomes framework.
    Arrangement and precise placement activates the work, suggestive of a lustful touch.
    Protruding. Straddling. Hanging. An aesthete's eye un- dresses the scene, noting moments of intimacy between materials. Brushed cotton fibres. Corpulent folds. Glossy blonde ponytails.
    A seasoned, tasteful awareness of colour palette, pattern and texture are inherent in creating a dialogue which is then performed through the components relationships and proximities to each other.
    The work endeavours to stimulate and titillate the ob- server. Proposed, Poised, Precise.

    CV & Education

    Upcoming -

    MSB2015 Open Studio Artist exchange with CG Associates, Bloc Projects & Eastside Extra Special People

    New Edition commissioned by Bloc Projects, Sheffield

    2015 -

    Trio Show with Mark Riddington and Joshua Lockwood, One Thoresby Street, May 2015

    Sunscreen, commission for EM15 at 56th Venice Biennale, an online project curated by Candice Jacobs

    Haha, Southampton, NO GREY AREAS

    2014 -

    £1 FISH, S1, Sheffield, Group Show and Auction

    Solo show and residency at Bloc Projects, Sheffield

    Duo show and residency at HMK, Netherlands

    SURFACING,Hand In Glove, Bristol Art Weekender, Bristol

    Take A Bite of Peach, Group Show, Attic, One Thoresby Street

    2013

    SEVEN, Primary, Nottingham

    Selected for Exeter Phoenix Open

    Selected for Nottingham Castle Open

    Summer Lodge Residency, Nottingham Trent University

    Girl on Girl, Trio Show with Samara Scott and Lara Angol, Attic, One Thoresby Street

    POWOWOW, One Thoresby Street, Artist talk alongside Samara Scott

    Unit 7 micro residency, Glasgow

    2012

    Selected for Nottingham Castle Open

    Selected as EMVAN 2012 Graduate to Watch