Ripe Tomatoes Artist Profiles #02
Over the next few weeks we’re going to be introducing each of the artists involved in our upcoming exhibition, Ripe Tomatoes. Each post will include two artists, one graduate from Solent University (SU) and one from Winchester School of Art (WSA), University of Southampton. Today’s artists are Jess Curtis (WSA) and Hayley Jones (SU) – you can find out more about their practices by reading on!
Jess’ practice is digital. Her work is about memory and loss, distance and abstraction. She is interested in sentimental, evocative objects such as her grandmother’s ring which is studied, scanned and photographed and then replicated and manipulated until a new ambiguous narrative forms, concealing the object’s true meaning and function.
“The ability that this object has in reigniting memories of my grandmother attracts me, and drawing my focus in on something so sentimental has provided me with catharsis during a time when I find myself processing a great absence. Each iteration evidences various levels of abstraction, representing the inconsistencies that occur during memory retrieval.”
Hayley’s photographic practice previously explored themes of identity and celebrity. Since lockdown, however, her focus has shifted to subjects closer to home. Photographs of local landscapes, garden flowers and busy insects are framed by the edges of a cardboard box. The images are both reassuring and restrictive; they depict moments of calm, but the frame is a constant reminder of confinement.
“At a time when we were supposed to be social distancing, I craved proximity. I found that taking the time to slow down and take these photographs through a cardboard box brought me little moments of peace at a time I felt that I was spinning out of control.”
To find out more about Ripe Tomatoes, follow the link below
Join us at 7pm on Friday 21st August for the live launch event! We will meet on Zoom and take an artist lead tour of the virtual Alfred Arcade featuring live art performances, followed by a Q&A.
Register for free via Eventbrite to access the Zoom link.