Artists of the Month: March 2019
Sophie Hulf and Jessie Yates
1. How long have you been at Phoenix?
5 months (nearly 6 but I am in denial that my time here is half-way through) - Sophie
Coming up to 6 months now! - Jessie
2. What are you working on at the moment?
I’m getting stuck into a personal project that will hopefully make up my window gallery show in August, thinking about the relationship between our physical selves and identities. I’m not sure what outcome this will take but I’m enjoying the freedom of experimentation - Sophie
I am currently attempting to construct more sculptural and layered paintings, that evolve as my mood and thoughts change day to day. Many of the paintings I am working on the moment are works in progress that I add to every so often, giving them time and space to evolve naturally and organically - Jessie
3. Which media do you like to use?
Mostly gouache and ink at the moment, though I also enjoy mono-printing - Sophie
I use mainly oil paint on canvas. As traditional as the media seems, the combination of collage, and stitching, for me, gives this traditional media excitement. - Jessie
4. Which other artists do you admire?
Frances Stanfield, Petra Borner, and the printmaker Katherine Jones - Sophie
I am a huge fan of Amy Sillman, Karolina Albricht, Marton Nemes, Jess Fuller and Tess Williams - Jessie
5. What would you recommend to go see?
I’ve not been to many exhibitions recently so I’d mostly recommend being outside as much as the weather will allow! - Sophie
The Amy Sillman show at Camden arts ended in January but was amazing! There are a few on at the moment in London which i am aiming to go and see: Contemporary Visions 2019 at Beers London, Lee Marshall: UX at Alice Black, and Franz West at David Zwirner - Jessie
6. What work are you most proud of?
I animated a film for my degree show last year that illustrated the pathway of sight through the eye using a range of processes and visual metaphors - Sophie
I'd say my recently finished painting 'Been Climbing (1)' feels the most true to what I want out of these new works. It show its struggle and the hours spent working on it through its layers, however it still has a freshness which is tricky to retain - Jessie
The Award is open to University of Brighton graduates and grants the winners free studio space at Phoenix for one year. This year's Award is now open for entries.
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