Studio Drift at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Every now and then, you encounter an artwork that, for one reason or another, leaves you absolutely speechless. Art like this reminds you why art exists at all; it rejuvenates your passion for creating and your artistic curiosity. I recently travelled to Amsterdam and while there, I visited the Stedelijk Museum. Dedicated to modern art…

Khalil Chishtee

Khalil Chishtee is a sculptor born in 1964, Pakistan, who now lives and works in between California and Pakistan. Chishtee’s work was recommended to me by a friend because I was working with plastic on my environmental series at the time. Chishtee creates life-size sculptures of people out of mostly white or black trash bags. There are many…

Olafur Eliasson

Olafur Eliasson is an Icelandic-Dutch installation artist, born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1967. His work often includes elemental materials such as light, water, and air, and is often large-scale and immerses the viewer. In 1995 he established Studio Olafur Eliasson in Berlin, a project for spatial research. The studio involves around 90 people, including architects, technicians, art…

Mariele Neudecker

Mariele Neudecker is an artist working in installation and sculpture. Born in Germany, she now lives and works in Bristol. Her work is like a blend of chemistry and fantasy. She submerges her sculptures in large aquariums, which she calls her ‘Tank Works,’ and they seem like 3-Dimensional realisations of paintings. Neudecker’s work is contemporary, experimental,…

Robert Gober

Robert Gober (born 1954, Connecticut) is an American sculptor, whose work has informed my spring term practice. The first word that comes to mind when I think about Gober’s work is ‘eccentricity.’ His sculptures are always unexpected; always as if seen for the first time. His work is striking, yet can be wonderfully simple –…

Christian Boltanski

Christian Boltanski is a French conceptual sculptor, photographer, and film maker. Born in Paris, France in September 1944, he is famous for his contemporary French conceptual style. The work I’m focusing on is Boltanski’s conceptual artwork “Chance,” shown here during its exhibition in Sydney in 2014. The main artwork of “Chance” is a huge, intricate installation…

Andrea Zittel

POCKET PROPERTY: Andrea Zittel. A-Z Prototype for Pocket Property, floating off the coast of Denmark, 1999. Concrete, steel, wood, dirt, and vegetation; approximately 23 × 54 feet. Shown above is a collection of animal ‘breeding units.’ They are designed to contain everything the animal needs all in one small compartment. This was around 1990, when…

The Mighty Boosh

To be clear, The Mighty Boosh is not actually an art piece, rather a comedy troupe, but this doesn’t mean it hasn’t influenced my artistic practice. Aside from the fact the troupe is written by artists, it has some fantastical, mad and thought-provoking elements that have been instrumental to my writing and film-making. The Mighty…

Frank Wasser

Artist Talk 15.11.17 Frank Wasser was born in Dublin in 1988. He studied Fine Art at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland and graduated with an MFA in 2012. Wasser has exhibited and lectured internationally, recently at the Venice Biennale where he debuted his performative lecture ‘Tendencies in Contemporary Art: A history…

Rackstraw Downes

Rackstraw Downes is an English painter, who is often described as a realist painter but has an aversion to this description – he has some very particular and fascinating ideas about painting. He has studied what he calls the “endlessness” of the deserts of Texas. He studied an area which he happened upon full of…

Autumn Week 6: Letter Press Workshop

This was one of my two week 6 workshops, where we learned how to use a letterpress machine. The letter press was one of the most important inventions possibly of all time. It was the first means of producing many identical copies of the same text, thereby enabling books to be mass printed for the…