Saturday, 13 March 2010

52 mini interviews: Kate Parsons

Name: Kate Parsons
Location: Spike Island Studios, Bristol

How would you describe your work?

It is a cross over of sculpture and anthropological research.  The work is conceptually based and process lead, often using the materials to inform the semiotic value of each piece and /or installation.  The materials I use are usually cheap but used in conjunction with the concept of the piece.  The work encompasses video and photographic work as well as sculptural and found materials.

What are you currently working on?

I am working on a series of works based on my recent research trip to South East Nigeria, for which l received an Arts Council Grant for the Arts.  This will be an installation comprising separate elements which are floor based.  This on-going work will be on display at Spike Island Open Studios at the beginning of the May Bank Holiday.  The film work is now completed which consists of 3 looped pieces and then two films called ‘Night’ and ‘Day’ – see website for details of these and other works.

Where do you find inspiration for your work?

Mostly from African culture and artefacts which may be connected with their traditional religions or their domestic artefacts.  However other influences are obviously European and l love the Arte Povera  group of artists.  The artists l look at shift depending on what l am doing and l like to keep an eye on the London scene.

3 things that make me smile:

College website sensoring the photographs of my rocks – obviously too sexy!!  GYRO has a whole new meaning!!
Charlie my Spotted Bengal Snow (cat) pin balling golf balls around the floor boards
My tree frog croaking to my alarm going off

Do you have any other upcoming shows coming up?

Open Studios at Spike Island and in the process of negotiating proposals for the new work based on the Nigerian trip.

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