Ripe Tomatoes Artist Profiles #05

Over the next few weeks we’re going to be introducing each of the artists involved in our upcoming exhibition, Ripe TomatoesEach 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 James Hewins (WSA) and Agata Rygielska (SU) – you can find out more about their practices by reading on!


James Hewins


James makes physical and digital sculptures, installations and soundscapes with a strange, alien aesthetic. He is interested in dystopian futures and post-apocalyptic narratives. Physical sculptures are made with found materials such as latex and silicone; he then uses digital software to recreate these forms and textures in a virtual world.

“Processing sculptures using photogrammetry and 3D sculpture programs to be imported into a digital space. A synthesised reality like a neon sci-fi dystopic rave in a simulated reality of slimed walls and flesh pods.”


Agata Rygielska

@ aggs_art01

Agata is interested in the human form. Her work stems from an obsessive study of the female body, through drawing, painting and sculpture. Her practice is concerned with how the mind perceives the body, investigating the paradoxical relationship between body positivity and body dysmorphia.

“My study of the female form has been a physical, perceptual and psychological experience. Photographing the female figure and translating it onto paper, wood and even sculpture. Constructing and deconstructing the body in the same way as ideas form and dismantle, I begin to figure out the contentious themes that drive my practice.”


To find out more about Ripe Tomatoes, follow the link below 

Ripe Tomatoes


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.

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