Hopefully you’ve had a chance to visit our new Studio Artists Exhibition, Journeys. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be focusing on each of our artists and telling you more about them and the inspiration behind their piece of work.
This week….meet Anne Eggebert & Julian Walker
An ongoing question for me is how the distinction between finding and losing one’s sense of place might be blurred, how we imagine or intervene in each others idea of place and what our shared or differing landscapes might reveal about our sense of place in the world. My work explores how our encounters with the representation of landscape (both local and distant, both current and past) impact on how we perform place. For example, does the digital deja-vu experienced through our virtual visits to other cities and landscapes online prompt us to perform differently once we arrive there? And what happens if we try to retrace the representation of someone else’s journey? In this work I took a set of slides (bought, I think, at a boot fair or possibly from an Oxfam shop, I forget now) – these slides, taken during the 1950s revealed a journey through the Black Forest in Germany. The travellers were cycling through this spectacular landscape during a period of post-war optimism. I projected these images and traced and layered those in landscape format – Everything Landscape.
I live and work in London and teach Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, UAL. I’ve recently shown work in Urban Landscape and Memory (Bizkaia Aretoa, Bilbao, 2014); Cartographies of Life and Death (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, 2013); I have shown in less conventional spaces such as in a shed on Essex village greens, the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, the Queens Tower, Imperial College, as well as Kettles’s Yard Cambridge and the Tate St Ives.
Find out more about Anne Eggebert here http://www.anne-eggebert.com
This work uses thread as a mark-making alternative to pencil, charcoal or ink – it appears to be less committed, as it does not actually physically engage with the surface of the paper, but at specific points goes to the other extreme, totally changing the nature of the paper as it has to pass through a hole. It is tempting to see this as an analogy for tourism and air-travel. Last year we watched planes coming down into a narrow valley to land on a runway, the airport completely changing the landscape at that point. So much was done to facilitate our movement from A to B to C; how did this compare with our individual engagements with the landscape? Though the evidence of humans in this picture is strong, it is mostly about transportation rather than personal experience.
Julian Walker trained at the Cass School of Art and Central St Martins. He was the Natural History Museum’s first artist in residence in 1997-8, and has shown in Germany, Iceland, Holland, Croatia and several museums and galleries in the UK, including recently at the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery and Contemporary Applied Arts. His work is mostly research-based, and includes collage, performance and embroidery.
Find out more about Julian Walker here http://www.julianwalker.net/
Journeys is open to the public every Sunday – Wednesday, 11am-3pm, free entry, until Monday 31 August 2015.
Find out more about our studio artists here http://www.valentinesmansion.com/art.php