Press Release: West Dean College of Arts and Conservation announces Tamara Henderson as Artist-in-Residence
Residency at West Dean College 18 May - 12 June. A collaboration
with Cass Sculpture Foundation, supported by Arts Council
West Dean College of Arts and Conservation announces Tamara Henderson as Artist-in-Residence in collaboration with Cass Sculpture Foundation. The project will support a new series of ceramic work by artist Tamara Henderson. Beginning with hypnosis, Henderson will uncover unconscious images that will inform the making of the work, a process aligned to artistic methodologies that are part of the legacy of West Dean.
Through hypnotherapy the artist will explore the dynamic potential of inanimate objects, specifically furniture. Clay will be used to explore the ergonomic qualities of furniture, using the body to impress itself upon the clay and allow the plasticity of the material, together with explorative cognitive processes, to dictate the final work.
Henderson will fabricate the work at Wean Dean College to make manifest the images that were evoked in hypnosis. She will have the opportunity to further her research through material in The Edward James Archive which includes correspondence and artwork by leading twentieth century artists such as Leonora Carrington, Leonor Fini, Rene Magritte, and Salvador Dalí.
During the residency Tamara will also conduct tutorials with full-time Visual Arts students and deliver a public lecture about the project. West Dean students are invited to take part in the wood-firing at Cass, providing them with a unique professional development opportunity.
The work will be glazed and wood-fired at CASS during the residency period. The work will feature in Henderson's presentation at the New Covent Garden Market as part of Art Night, July 2018 and will be exhibited at Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin from 2nd November - 2nd January 2019. This project is supported by Rodeo Gallery London and Arts Council England.
The College's Artist-in-residence programme organised by the School of Arts provides artists with the opportunity to research, reflect and experiment in order to develop the possibilities of their own practice. It enriches the learning environment for the College's full-time graduate and postgraduate Visual Arts students.