Sally Williams, Canary Wharf (Canada Square One)
Rayvenn Shaleigha D’Clark was born in London in 1995 and studied at Chelsea College of Arts, gaining an MA in Fine Art in 2018. Since then she has pursued her career as a multimedia digital sculptor, writer and curator. In 2018 she participated in Common Thread, an event that showcased African-Caribbean culture through the work of 25 artists, exhibiting ‘I Don’t See in Colour’. Through this and other works she chronicles the reframing of black anatomy in order to open up dialogue about the irregular and marginalised position of the black artist – turning ‘the system’ back on itself, she uses the power, influence and materials of the industry to present an alternative narrative history and perspective. Through her work, which has been described as a ‘Voyage into the Economics of Sex, Race and Gender in the Digital Age’ (Sara Khan), she explores ‘the nuances of identity that pivot between hyper-visibility and invisibility, offering a perspective of the SOUL as a crossbreed of aesthetic references. She asks ‘when will the black body truly escape [from] the guise of the white imagination?’.
PUBLISHED ON FEBRUARY 26TH, 2018
Last year we saw women from around the world coming together to respond to decades of sexual harassment, discrimination, and assault. From the Women’s March, #MeToo campaign, and Weinstein effect in 2017 to the Time’s Up movement at the Golden Globes and the Baftas. 2018 shows no signs of stopping and will be the year of women.
As we mark a 100 years’ anniversary of women winning the right to vote in the UK, we will be celebrating the works of progressive female artists and makers pushing boundaries within their work to create dialogue.
Each week we will profile an artist as a run up to International Women’s Day on 8 March 2018. This week’s artist is Rayvenn Shaleigha D’Clark who will be exhibiting at Empowerment at Creative Debuts, London till 10 March.
London-based artist Rayvenn playfully uses sculpture to explore the space between objects modelling the real and imaginary. Rayvenn’s work often aims to expose the black body laid bare – in traction, unencumbered, and is motivated by issues of blackness fuelling a discussion on the position of the black-artist in the art world.
We met with Rayvenn to discuss her passions, work, and feminism.
SHADES OF NOIR - ETHICS HEIRARCHY AND IMPERIALISM: PRESERVING VOICES VULNERABLE TO ERASURE
PUBLISHED ON JANUARY 30TH, 2018
SHADES OF NOIR provokes, challenges and encourages dialogue and cultural value on the subjects of race within Higher Education, the creative & cultural sectors, through its programme of activities on the subject of race within Art, Design &Higher Education.
ZINES CATALOGUES: http://shadesofnoir.org.uk/terms-of-reference-zines/
PUBLISHED ON DECEMBER 19TH, 2017
Next in our In The Beginning series, where we interview students in the first term, we talk to Tooting born and bred South Londoner Rayvenn D’Clark, who did her foundation diploma at Central St. Martins after which she came to Chelsea to do her BA Fine Art before progressing to the current MA Fine Art. Of all the pieces on display at last summer’s undergraduate show it was arguably Rayvenn’s cast of her foot, suspended in the white exhibition space, that drew the most attention. We met Rayvenn to find out what her idea was behind her final piece and explore her experience at Chelsea, particularly the move from BA to MA.
academic support INTERVIEW
PUBLISHED ON NOVEMBER 29TH, 2017
DEGREE SHOW INTERVIEW 2017 - UAL ACADEMIC SUPPORT BY VISHAL KUMARASWAMY
VIMEO LINK: https://vimeo.com/244985388/2d80b1dc33
ACADEMIC SUPPORT LINK: https://academicsupportonline.arts.ac.uk/viewpoints
p.46, featurong 'My Head Hurts, My Feet Stink & I Don't Love Jesus' (2017)
p.46, featuring 'My Head Hurts, My Feet Stink & I Don't Love Jesus' (2017)
EXPLORING THE UNIQUE MATERIALITY OF THE 'COPY', NAVIGATING QUESTIONS SURROUNDING SCULPTURES SYMBIOTIC RELATIONSHIP WITH SPACE AND NOTIONS SURROUNDING 'PRESENCE', FUELLING A DISCUSSION OF THE IRREGULAR POSITION OF A BLACK ARTISTS IN A WHITE-WASHED ART-WORLD.
EXPLORING ART AND COMMUNICATION: Be it the shifting dynamics of our socio-economic composition, the functionality of race in the art industry, or the influence of technology on various levels of psychology, the immediacy of these topics is owed largely to their existence as everyday phenomena.
She talks about her art in the new 'Empowerment' exhibition in Shoreditch.
BY Precious Adesina
PUBLISHED ON 14th March, 2018
BY THE DESIGN COLLECTOR
PUBLISHED ON March 16th, 2018
Our friends and partners Creative Debuts are famous for organising neat art events in London being the gatekeepers of the creative scene online. To celebrate International Women’s Day they joined forces with Nasty Women movement to celebrate the work of international feminist artists.
VISUAL ARCHIVE: https://opendialogue-photos.tumblr.com
PUBLISHED ON MARCH 8, 2018
Run by Arts SU, Xhibit 2018 is open to all students, studying at any level, across all disciplines. With no set brief – artists are free to explore any topic and express it through any medium. The result is a powerful collection of work, featuring 32 artists from across all of UAL’s six world-leading colleges.
PUBLISHED ON U.D.
To celebrate International Women’s Day our new partners at Creative Debuts have joined forces with Nasty Women New York, Amsterdam, Lisbon, North East, and London to celebrate the work of international feminist artists. Expect to see a range of contemporary artwork including photography, sculpture, craft, fine art, and embroidery whilst raising money for End Violence Against Women.
WRITTEN BY MADDIE GOGLER
EDITED BY SANJA STRUNA
PUBLISHED ON MARCH 15, 2018 IN VIEW OF THE ARTS
PHOEBE MCINDOE IN THE RAP PROJECT BLOG
PUBLISHED ON April 6, 2018
Above the Amersham Arms, New Cross, is the Take Courage Gallery, an affordable exhibiting space for emerging artists. The current exhibition, “On the Cusp of”, is curated by Ella Devi Dabysing and Rayvenn Shaleigha D’Clark. The art works themselves are not in-flux, but act as a kind of homage to uncertainty, movement and transitioning. Together the pieces create something which seems more-than-whole, they are a conversation, fluid and dynamic, questioning and challenging our current political and social climate. In a corner of the busy room I speak to Rayvenn who tells me about the title, “On the Cusp of”, and what it means to her. This year and last year, she says, lots of change was happening. We had Brexit and the #MeToo campaign, there has been so much movement. This exhibition, she says, is a space to explore that change and new direction.
Rayvenn D’Clark is a London-born sculptor, her work explores the playful theatricality of sculpture, examining the space between objects modelling the real and its ability to usurp the ‘original’ as self-sustaining fictions
London-born, UK based sculptor, living and working in Central London, my work explores the playful theatricality of sculpture, examining the space between objects modelling the real and its ability to usurp the ‘original’ as self-sustaining fictions. My oeuvre exposes the black body laid bare – in traction, unencumbered, motivated by issues of blackness fuelling a discussion of the irregular position of the black-artist, abstracted and marginalised in a male, pale, and stale, whitewashed art-world.
EXCERPT: In the wake of such widespread political extremism, #Vote11 / #MeToo, racial injustice, gender equality, historical cases of abuse etc; people’s eyes are being opened to the continued inequality and injustices in every sector. There really is no time like the present. At this important juncture in 2018 this is a critical moment of departure. I feel that it is vitally important for art to speak about and comment upon such issues, in which ever way you can as an artist-creator. I am an individual who is placed into many categories – young, female, black – all with their own categorical delimiters and clichéd stereotypes – it is important and useful for me to reflect upon these restrictions within my working practice, to communicate the unique perspective that I myself work from.
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PUBLISHED ON April 27, 2018
PUBLISHED ON APRIL 25, 2018
BY TAMAR RILEY
PUBLISHED ON 18 APRIL 2018
Exploring the dynamics of Gender & Commodification, the Power of Language in Communication, Challenging Mindsets, questioning Implicit/Unconscious Bias related to Race.
BY UAL CREATIVE MINDSETS
PUBLISHED ON 30 JULY 2018
Continuing with our Life at Chelsea blog series as we approach the MA Summer Show, opening 7 September, we talk to London based Rayvenn D’Clark, who is Black British-Caribbean (with heritage from Guyana, Jamaica & Spain), is currently studying MA Fine Art.
By Gavin Freeborn on UAL: arts.ac.uk
PUBLISHED ON 8 AUGUST 2018
Common Thread is the (upcoming) exhibition carrying the spirit of carnival on in East London. We spoke to the curators of the exhibit to spotlight four on-the-rise artists on display.
BY SARA KHAN on CRAFTS COUNCIL UK
PUBLISHED ON 2O AUGUST 2018
Common Thread is the (upcoming) exhibition carrying the spirit of carnival on in East London. We spoke to the curators of the exhibit to spotlight four on-the-rise artists on display.
BY Kemi Alemoru on DAZED DIGITAL
PUBLISHED ON 24 AUGUST 2018
It is a UAL priority to close the attainment gaps which exist for particular groups of students by 2022. In particular the university is focusing on the attainment of Black, Asian and minority ethnic students, international students and working class students.
The UAL Attainment Conference in July 2018 provided a space for staff, from all colleges and services, to come together to understand the strategic and systematic approach the university is taking to achieve this goal.
It allowed staff to share practice and gain confidence in effecting the change that is needed to close the gaps, building on existing attainment work, platforms and initiatives from across UAL.
By The Teaching & Learning Exchange (UAL) on VIMEO
PUBLISHED ON 05 SEPTEMBER 2018
RECONSTRUCTING PRACTICE: TOWARDS AN ANTI-RACIST ART & DESIGN FIELD
By The Anti-Racist Classroom
Shot and edited by Sade Young
PUBLISHED ON SEPTEMBER 2018
The Antiracist Classroom is a student-led organization at Art Center College of Design. We’re a group of mostly graduate and undergraduate students, alumni, some staff and faculty, who are committed to cultivating racial equity in art and design education, research, and practice. This event was centered around people, practices, works of art and design, and spaces that seek to embody or enhance racial equity. We see racial equity as the condition of freedom from racially determined experiences and life outcomes, as derived from an intentional and meticulous dismantling of white supremacist frameworks that undergird the institutions in which we operate. The purpose of this convening was to provide a series of opportunities for young creators—of color, especially—to engage with and through art, design, media and/or technology.
ICYMI: Reconstructing Practice
Reconstructing Practice brought over 100 participants to Art Center’s Wind Tunnel on July 13 - 14 for sessions, fellowship, and a gallery opening. Check out the video above or the book here.
Visit antiracistclassroom.com/Reconstructing-Practice for more about the event and the Antiracist Classroom.
By Made In Arts London
PUBLISHED ON 19th SEPTEMBER 2018
Official launch of our newest collection of Artists. Curated annually by an invited panel of industry professionals, MiAL Collections invite the most exciting UAL talent to join Made in Arts London for a two year tenure which provides them with professional development support, exhibition opportunities and, of course, your chance to collect the best of emerging art and design talent!
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH GUCCI AW18
To celebrate its AW18 collection, Dazed has teamed up with Gucci to spotlight three young British artists using their art to spark conversations around identity, freedom, and self-expression.
Text by TJ Sidhu on DAZED DIGITAL
PUBLISHED ON 31 OCTOBER 2018
Get to know the young artist from London in the third video from our partnership with Gucci.
PUBLISHED ON 31 OCTOBER 2018
Director: Joe Ridout Camera
Assistant: Rory Mclean
Stylist: Ben Schofield
Grooming: Roku Roppongi
Producer: Lauren Ford
Community of young artists, who are able to share their work, gain advice and keep up to date with what is going on in the art-world. Exclusively on IG & IG Story
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‘Archive of Students' - students questions about the course you studied
PUBLISHED ON 5 NOVEMBER 2018
Artist agency called Grand Matter, and we're launching a new editorial platform called ‘& Wherefore’, which will explore the ‘why’ in creativity – a place to initiate new diverse conversations with engaging content, aimed at creatives commissioning works but also artists who’re interested in the topics discussed. The first collection of articles for &W explores blurred boundaries within the visual arts, and as part of this we’re interested in how multi-disciplinary creatives are on the rise.
DORCAS BROWN - ‘GRAND MATTER, MEANINGFUL CREATIVITY’ 2018
How would you describe your practice in your own words?
I would describe my practice as the (literal) act of elevation; a political act.
To abstract any section of the body becomes a political act; my practice (re)articulates the black body which is laid bare - in traction, unencumbered; It is in this duality that a strict contextual change occurs - where the human anatomy is reinterpreted and transformed, redefining the black aesthetic towards a more positive – heroic even – portrayals of black people(s).
Here the insatiability of self-referential questioning presenting a welcomed opportunity to break free from reference once and for all.X Shifting expectations of the formal arrangement of the figuration of black figures by questioning traditional self-representational practices becomes a way to immortalise (as is often done with white figures in renaissance sculpture) the black body in all of its beauty.
In taking black figures and reconfiguring the narrative by producing portraits full of stylised power, using mixed-media methods & materials, I explore what does it mean to repurpose the lens of whiteness on black figures, not longer subjugating them to positions of inadequacy. It becomes fundamentally an issue/discussion of framing. In experimenting with (material) format, we can understand aspects of the ‘self’ in a very different way: of inherent strength and endurance in the face of adversity.
In making such work, I felt to be engaged within the process of keeping the black figures at the forefront of our consciousness, the image of black bodies becoming lasting and impermeable by being sculptured into objects, through extending the practice of manifesting black bodies into less traditional mediums, it begs the question what the body politić is moving towards in the present.
As seen in the ABSTRACT : REALITY section of the sites UPCOMING EVENTS
PUBLISHED November 22, 2018
Ahead of the exhibition opening next week, we caught up with the talented sculptor and multimedia artist Rayvenn Shaleigha D’Clark Art to hear more about her hyper-realist 3D printing and the influences behind her work. Great to see Shades of Noir, Lobiko Ya Congo Nunnery Gallery all getting a shout out.
Text by Francesca Wilson on The Auction Collective Blog
PUBLISHED ON 29 NOVEMBER 2018
Founder & Director Ciara Phelan
PUBLISHED ON 6 DECEMBER 2018
Site – andwherefore.com | Instagram – @andwherefore
A new generation of creatives are refusing to be bound to a single discipline. Writers are becoming presenters and directors, illustrators are proving capable animators and sculptors and ad agencies are making make websites, experiences and short films. Embracing this multiplicity can lead to fresh and exciting work. So to showcase multidisciplinary talent at its finest, we’ve put together a gallery of work with the help of our guest curators.
Curators involved: Ali Hanson, Senior Creative at It’s Nice That; Calum Hall, CEO and Founder of Creative Debuts; Mimi Gray, Head of Visual Content at M&C Saatchi London; and Punanimation founders Bee Grandinetti, Hedvig Ahlberg and Linn Fritz.
“YOU NEED TO INTERRUPT IN ORDER TO HAVE AGENCY”
PUBLISHED ON 21 DECEMBER 2018
Shades of Noir sat down with Lead Curator of The Socio-Parasitology Manifesto Exhibition to discuss some of the larger themes and terminology emerging within the Exhibition and Extended Symposium.
THE SOCIO-PARASITOLOGY MANIFESTO EXHIBITION is based on a Manifesto written by Sabrina Mumtaz Hasan and focuses on the positive aspects of migration, through the lens of the parasite.
The show opens on Thursday 10th January 2019 and runs until the 19th January.
SPECIAL THANKS TO Jorge Aguilar Rojo, Sabrina Mumtaz Hasan & Rayvenn Shaleigha D’Clark
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CUNTemporary NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2019: FEATURED EVENT
PUBLISHED ON 29 DECEMBER 2018
The Socio-Parasitology Manifesto Exhibition is based on a Manifesto written by Sabrina Mumtaz Hasan and focuses on the positive aspects of migration, through the lens of the parasite. During this pivotal period of political change, the ambition of this exhibition is to put into discussion the positive parasite-host relationship, as a means of exercising new methods aimed at finding social change by editing the current pejorative perspective of human bodies behaving parasitic towards each other and new hosting environments. The exhibition aspires to further develop the ethnographic context of the social body inclusive of the immigrant – expanding it in an interpersonal science-led narrative as a means of interrogating our existence, usage and value in the current political crisis. The exhibition is in lead up to Brexit and is a polemic act of resistance for positive change in the UK in supporting minority groups, immigrants and the communities we live in.
Main image: Rayvenn Shaleigha D’Clark, Untitled (Horcelie), 2017. Sculpture
Exhibition supported by Shades of Noir and UAL
PUBLISHED ON 16 JANUARY 2019
Inspired by the curator’s manifesto, artists look at how points where the parasite and the host engage or “interrupt” each other.
Main image - Installation view, The Socio-Parasitology Manifesto (image courtesy Sabrina Mumtaz Hasan)
LONDON — In a reactionary exhibition, ten artists respond to a treatise – the Socio-Parasitology Manifesto — that compares migrants to parasites. Written in reaction to how immigrants are seen pejoratively in the British media, curator Sabrina Mumtaz Hasan’s manifesto redefines terms like “parasite” in a favorable light.
Exhibition supported by Shades of Noir and UAL
PUBLISHED ON 31 JANUARY 2019
Main image - Photo: ‘MIGRANTS ARE POSITIVE PARASITES…’ Panel, featuring Othello Hartley De-Souza, Tunde Abdulazeez and Aura Raulo
Exhibition supported by Shades of Noir and UAL
heart of art
Moondog Productions: Documentary series highlighting different artists, their styles, their backgrounds and the process of their work.
PUBLISHED ON MARCH 2019
PUBLISHED ON 16.01.19
‘IN CONVERSATION 02’: a research series that aims to understand the needs for studio space, of London’s artist community in maintain our creative culture. The series aims to understand what is crucial in terms of making studios work for each individual, what we can do to maintain London’s creative fabric and how we can open up conversations between developers and artists.
PUBLISHED ON 19/03/2019
Featuring works by Alice Morey, Iseult Enright, Madelynn Mae Green, Mew Jirasirikul, Monica Perez Vega, Niloofar Taatizadeh, Paola Estrella, Rosie Gibbens, Rayvenn D’Clark and Yuli Serfaty. How are you Babe? is exploring a contemporary collective feeling of hope from a female perspective. The exhibition will showcase ten international artists, creating a dialogue through performance, sculpture, virtual reality, painting and video installation. The artists will share an intimate view into their perception of the time we live in, questioning social conventions and aesthetic convictions. While it seems tempting to get lost within this generation and its complex issues, the exhibition aims to share a sense of being off to new horizons. By bringing together emerging talents who honestly confront us with the ambiguities of personal expectations and within society, the show delivers a hopeful picture of individual self-determination within the collective.
PUBLISHED ON 16/04/2019
Article by Rayvenn Shaleigha D’Clark, exploring the shifting viewpoints of race online, Black + White = Grey is a brand new installation of 3D lenticular prints.
‘Information, from afar possessed knowledge which gives it authority even without verification…’ In its relationship to questions of power, hierarchy and undoubtedly race, this includes imagery directly related to or depicting black-brown bodies and the presumed (digital) dimensionality of ‘blackness’ in its direct relationship to ‘whiteness, I ask, when will the black body truly escape [from] the guise of the white imagination?’
ALUMNI & FRIENDS - ‘STORIES’
PUBLISHED ON 25/04/2019
Article by MARIA RYAN
Rayvenn Shaleigha D’Clark studied a Foundation at Central Saint Martins, and then went on to Chelsea College of Artsto study BA (Hons) and the MA in Fine Art. Since gradauting from the MA last year, she has continued to be an integral part of life at UAL, working for Shades of Noir as a Junior Editor and more recently, joining the UAL Alumni of Colour Associaition as Head of Creative.
PUBLISHED ON 13/05/2019
Article by DORCAS BROWN
We are seeing individual artists and creatives using their work to challenge body stereotypes and celebrate variety within society. This move towards inclusivity has the potential to make a huge difference to the way people think and feel about their bodies.
In the context of consumerism, the creative industry is without doubt culpable at times for contributing negatively to our mental health when it comes to body image. Whether to do with shape and size, skin, gender, ethnicity or age, the images we are surrounded by on a daily basis can perpetuate unattainable or misrepresentative images of ‘perfection’ and contribute to feelings of shame or exclusion. With this much sway as an industry, what potential do creative outputs have to bolster a move towards a more inclusive perspective?
Streetwear and Editorial: London, #StockXStreetstyle
#StockXStreetStyle with Bre’Ann Whlgn, Part 2: London
PUBLISHED ON 18/05/2019
Bre’Ann Whlgn, world-famous photographer and creative, recently traveled the world capturing #StockXStreetstyle. Whether she’s shooting in cities in Australia, Africa, or Europe, Bre’Ann delivers some of the most original and compelling images of streetwear and style from around the globe.
For this edition, Bre’Ann gives us her best pics from London.
PUBLISHED ON 10/05/2019
Decorating Dissidence is an interdisciplinary project exploring the political, aesthetic & conceptual qualities of feminine-coded arts from modernism to the contemporary. It brings together art practitioners, makers, curators, activists and academics to break down disciplinary boundaries and find new ways to critically engage with feminist art history. It opens up a space for intergenerational dialogue between contemporary and modernist makers, in order to reveal the lasting legacies of marginalised women artists who worked at the dissident intersections between established mediums and modes of modern art.
PUBLISHED ON 20/05/2019
Producer and Editor: Cherish Oteka
Video Journalist: Tom Beal
Additional Camera: Brandon Brown
Executive Producer: Karlene Pinnock & Anisa Subedar
The decision for a woman to shave her hair isn’t an easy one to make. As well as having to overcome societies’ stereotypes and ideals around femininity, masculinity and sexuality, many women also have to navigate being sexually harassed in barbershops. Ruth Sutoyé is a visual artist who created the Bald Black Girl(s) exhibition to provide a space for people to share their experiences.
PUBLISHED ON 22/05/2019
Developed by Kelly Walters and Anoushka Khandwala
In Spring 2018, artist + designer, Kelly Walters, worked in collaboration with Central Saint Martins’ Graphic Communication Design (GCD) Programme and University Arts London (UAL) to organize an exhibition entitled Open Dialogue: Artists + Designers of Afro-Caribbean Descent. Initially beginning as a series of conversations about race and identity, the project expanded into a week long exhibition with supplemental artist talks in CSM’s GCD studio space. Open Dialogue celebrated the richness of ethnic affiliations within the African diaspora and provided space to examine the complexities of race, identity politics, gender stereotypes, sexuality and religious views present within the UAL Afro-Caribbean student community. The exhibition featured the work Afro-Caribbean students and alumni across UAL’s affiliated 6 colleges.
The opening reception was was incredibly well received by UAL administration, staff and students. Over 100 people attended the opening night, and the exhibition was lauded by the extended London arts community. Exhibiting the work of students of Afro-Caribbean diaspora facilitated a comfortable and accessible space in which to initiate the dialogue around the challenges they face across art and design disciplines. Participants described the event as ‘Inspirational - heart warming - motivational’ as well as ‘Necessary’ and ‘Important’. The exhibition was featured on the platforms of Eye Magazine, and shared at the 2018 UAL Attainment Conference, the Reconstructing Practice: Toward an Anti-racist Art + Design Field conference in Pasadena, California and at the 2019 College Art Association Conference in New York City, NY. The glowing reception of the event showcases the power of the exhibition and the need for content to be archived in order to educate a growing audience. Read more about the process ↦
Read reviews about the exhibition by Shannon Bono and Rayvenn D’Clark.
[MENTION]: KAIN SHAKA SPEAKS TO SAE ABOUT HIS SOCIAL ACTIVISM AND HIS LATEST SHORT FILM, LOVE AND FOOTBALL
PUBLISHED ON 03/06/2019
by SAE INSTITUTE
Kain Shaka is a Digital Film Production student at SAE London. He is currently working on a short film titled Love and Football, with his company KSDigiFilm. We caught up with him to find out a bit more about this project and some of his other work.
What was working with your daughter, Rayvenn D'Clark, on this project like?
Working with Rayvenn was fun - she's 23 now and is a strong, independent woman with her career in Art (she's a sculptor), and she's become an activist for Black women in the Fine Arts field (a real chip of the old block!). She'd heard about the 'Pauline' incident growing up and was curious about exactly what happened - so I let her read the script and asked if she wanted a part, which she agreed to do. She's incredibly disciplined and took directions well, so that was pleasing all round.
PUBLISHED ON 06/2019
by Anoushka Khandwala (Insights Tutor)
Identity can often be a difficult subject to express within our work.
Wrestling with who we are is a lifelong journey, and it can be confusing to pick a strand of our identity to explore, without resorting to clichéd outcomes. However, the process of researching these themes can be cathartic, and looking to other artists and designers who have already made an example of this can be more helpful than we imagine.
Below are five creative practitioners that convey different aspects or intersections of their identity through a number of different media. From murals to makeup, allowing ourselves to use the tools we feel most comfortable with provides a platform from which to explore subjects we may find challenging. The result is often unique and original work, which sparks a pang of resonance in the onlooker. Some of the most successful work is that which an audience can relate to. By finding work we ourselves identify with, we can begin to create in a way that communicates more directly with our audience.
Jasmin Sehra: Illustrator
Zanele Muholi: Visual Activist
Umber Ghauri: Makeup Artist
Dreph: Graffiti ARtist
Rayvenn Shaleigha D’Clark: Visual Artist
AUC NEWSLETTER FEATURE (JUNE, 2019)
PUBLISHED ON 05/06/2019
by AUC ART
AucArt Is the worlds first online auction house to specialise in early career art work, connecting art collectors with recent art school graduates
PUBLISHED ON 08/06/2019
by GUTS GALLERY
From the 16-19th May 2019, Guts Gallery is opening its doors for the first time, exhibiting works from renowned and emerging practitioners at Ugly Duck’s London Bridge event space. An extensive programme has been curated, with talks, tours and spoken word events taking place, to produce and uphold creative networks for artists often not afforded such opportunities. In partnership with the company, Ugly Duck, whose large scale studio complex is being offered, enabling artists, community groups and the public to come together in London’s busy centre.
Guts Gallery aims are to provide financial support and exhibition opportunities for artists less platformed within today’s contemporary art scene; our desire is to facilitate space and exposure for BAME artists, female artists, working-class artists, queer artists, and artists outside of London (bridging the North/South divide)
Through initiating relationships between established and emerging artists, we can create an inclusive and diverse arts community, with a dynamic and interesting creative working environment, to produce new structures that enable emerging artists to have the exposure they are often denied.
MiAL X FREE RANGE: ART WEEK 2019 [PANEL]
PUBLISHED ON 25/06/2019
Rayvenn D'Clark, 3.30pm – 4.30pm 7th Sunday
Join current Made in Arts London artist, Rayvenn D'Clark, as she discusses life post-university. July 2019 will be nearly a full year post-study for Rayvenn which feels quite pivotal to her practice and plans moving forwards, especially juggling the difficulties and delights of freelance work.
Free entry, book here to reserve your place!
Available via: https://madeinartslondon.com/pages/events
PUBLISHED ON 08/2019
by Canary Wharf Group PL
TUESDAY 27 AUGUST - TUESDAY 8 OCTOBER
CAN SCULPTURE EVER HAVE A SOUL?
An exhibition exploring materials, scale and consciousness in the representation of the human form by artists Rayvenn Shaleigha D’Clark, Aron Demetz, Carole A Feuerman, Sean Henry, Jonty Hurwitz, Warren King, Tom Price and Recycle Group. Together they cause us to question, how can the soul ever be captured through the medium of sculpture?
Each artist has not only interpreted his or her model literally but has gone further to capture an invisible quality that fills the figure: from Sean Henry’s sculptures where every millimetre of his subject has been explored in minute detail to bring an exaggerated feeling of realism, to Recycle Group’s use of Augmented Reality, where viewers can hover their app in front of the works to see them come alive. The varying use of materials in modern sculpture is reflected here, with works in bronze, wood (natural and burnt), ceramic, resin, coal, cardboard, and even 3D printing by Rayvenn Sheleigha D’Clark and a microscopic work by Jonty Hurwitz – the smallest Nano sculpture ever created, invisible to the naked eye, which is represented here photographically.