Hi Hollie, congratulations again on being the first winner of Winter Pride UK! How did it feel when your name was called out?
Thank you! Well, I was so nervous and excited during the award ceremony that I had actually confused myself and thought that the runners-up were the winners. Which then made me so surprised and speechless when I saw my name flash up after! It was a special moment; to learn that all the hard work can pay off.
How has life been since the last Winter Pride UK?
Since Winter Pride UK in February, I have created a new sculpture called Obscurant which is currently installed at Broomhill Sculpture Park in Branstaple, Devon as part of the Broomhill National Sculpture Prize 2014. The exhibition is open until the end of October, and the votes for the public’s favourite will also be announced so there’s still time to vote for Oscurant! (http://www.broomhillart.co.uk/national-sculpture-prize/your-vote.html). I have also been awarded the Signature Art Prize: Peoples’ Choice Award; and the Royal British Society of Sculptors 2014 Bursary Awards: where Downfall is currently exhibited (at the Royal British Society of Sculptors, 108 Old Brompton Road, SW7 3RA) until 24th October 2014.
I have been invited to present my work at a number of events: Dripping: Art and Resistance at the University of Kent for LGBT History Month; Labial Art-Politics: A Feminist Practice of Resistance at the University of Copenhagen for the Critical Practices and Experimentation conference; “Labial Art-Politics” in What does aesthetics want from us and IR? at the University of Warwick, Coventry; “A Labial Art-Politics” in Critical Theory Beyond Negativity: the Ethics, Politics and Aesthetics of Affirmation by Rosi Braidotti at the Utrecht Summer School, The Netherlands; and Sculpture Slam as part of the Royal British Society of Sculptors Bursary Awards 2014.
I have also been selected to publish an article for Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protestwhich I am co-authoring with Dr Iain MacKenzie, and I have recently started my PhD in Political and Social Thought at the University of Kent.
Do you feel your work has changed over the past year?
Yes; as my theoretical research develops, so does my artwork. My artistic practice has become a methodology for assessing and potentially transforming my theoretical suppositions within my research. I am not trying to illustrate my theory, but potentially create new knowledge in/of and from itself, in attempts to create revolutionary moments of difference by producing new forms of encounter to test the idea of a labial politics in a concrete form.
Currently, I am working on a new idea for a sculpture. Where I am looking to overturn the notions of the traditional phallogocentric ‘masterpiece’ and the ‘genius’ artist, in order to deconstruct these definitions and make art accessible to all. Here, I will attempt to break away from architectural elements and turn to distorting/reinventing traditional art.
What advice would you give to people entering this year’s Art Awards?
It is a wonderful event to be part of. The opportunity to be involved in the first Winter Pride UK Art Awards was a privilege and an honour to receive the award. The exhibition installations were smooth running, even when our car had broken down! Everyone was friendly and helpful, making the whole event a great experience. Open to the public, the competition welcomes all sexualities and sexual identities which attracts a diverse range of artists to come together to put on a fantastic exhibition. The awards ceremony is also one event not to be missed!
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Interview by Alice Botham, Winter Pride UK Arts Co-ordinator
Final few days to enter the Winter Pride Arts Awards! Deadline 31 October 2014. To enter visit: www.winterprideuk.com