Rejectamental West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Self-taught outsider artist creating mixed-media artwork using recycled materials and found objects to explore themes of memory, history, mortality and dreams.
Rejectamenta – things or matter rejected as worthless or useless.
Trash from the street, old photographs, rusting metal, natural and found objects: anything that catches my eye can end up playing a part in creating my worlds, often becoming the catalysts for my mixed media artworks. I like to create narratives with my work, whether exploring the darker side of folk and fairy tales or my own subconscious. My art is also a means of therapy, allowing me to confront my mental illness and express my thoughts and ideas in a constructive way. I am mostly self-taught, having found the academic approach to art to be counter-intuitive to my own ideas and methods. I explore themes of identity, mortality, dreams, and my own memories and mental health. I hope to encourage dialogues and discussion about these subjects through my art. In 2017 I was shortlisted for the New Light Art Prize.
Rejectamental – casting off the labels of society and embracing an alternative ideology.
Projects and exhibitions
Saltaire Arts Trail Open Houses 2018
05/05/2018 — 07/05/2018
The 2018 Saltaire Arts Trail (5 - 7 May) brought the UK’s finest artists, makers and designers to the unique spaces of Saltaire in our Open Houses Trail, our biggest ever Makers Fair and in Special Exhibitions.
New Light Art Prize Exhibition
18/11/2017 — 27/01/2019
Shortlisted artist for the New Light Art Prize 2017 and part of the touring exhibition.
|Bowes Museum, Huddersfield Art Gallery, Bankside, Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Barnard Castle, Huddersfield, London, Carlisle||Details|
What's wrong with the Child?
04/10/2017 — 18/10/2017
In this solo exhibition, the artist Rejectamental journeys through their childhood and early adulthood with undiagnosed depression, through the creation of mixed-media artworks using recycled and found objects. The juxtaposing of these disparate elements highlights the unnerving and disorienting nature of the thoughts and emotions depression...[Read more]
|The Brunswick, 82 North Street, Leeds||Details|