Alana Lindsay Somerset, United Kingdom
I’m a recent graduate in BA fine art from Cardiff Metropolitan University. My work physically explore the boundaries of sculpture, painting, and performance. Through these mediums I experiment with my own self control, impulses, desires, and regression.
I am interested in my own self-control, impulse, desires, and regression. I express these themes through means that feel appropriate, whether that’s painting, sculpture, artist books, or performance. The creative process is where a majority of my planning occurs and once I’ve reached a “finished” product, I evaluate the outcome and decide if the artwork needs to undergo a transformation. Whether that’s a physical destruction of a painting so it becomes a sculpture, or giving my sculptures a purpose to make them art objects, which are then eventually retired as sculptures. I want to diminish my work by creating, destroying, and creating again. Re-purposing my creations till I am satisfied. Destruction allows me to fuel my inspiration and forces me to look again, discover where the art is happening and what state it is in now. My process is just as important as the outcomes, the process is where I learn the most about my practice and often is what inspires the next piece. Currently my work has been a collection of wearable soft sculptures that cause a restriction (blindness, binding of hands, and distance) these restrictions are then used to painting and drawing. I see a lot of my works to be a document of performance, a performance of regression and play. I feel that my outcomes are a mark left behind. I often evaluate my work once it has been created, in doing this my next works end up being inspired by extensional thoughts I have. The largest one that motivates me is: What is the point in making art if what I’m making has likely been done before?