Artist in Residence - Georgina Low
Having worked in commercial set design and styling for a couple of years post graduating, I hungered for the freedom and indulgence of working on my own practice once more. Whilst I was both challenged and satisfied in the commercial sector, I lacked the liberation and sheer enormity that my own practice brings. I first heard about my current residency at Sevenoaks School, through contacting the school directly for some work experience. I craved being back in the educational sector, and the integrity of the learning process. Coincidently, I was told about the post of Artist in Residence, and immediately I applied.
Having the time and means to devote most of my time to my creative practice was completely disarming. My studio space is open to the schools art department. The nature of the space means that students and staff have an ongoing contribution in shaping my practice. Ideas and processes are discussed, or queried as they are being realized, and so my practice is ever evolving. I am enthralled by the questioning and curiosity of the students, and inspired by the other departmental staff, who are also practicing artists themselves.
My average day would either involve a morning of making or experimenting with various techniques, and an afternoon of reflection and collating ideas. It is important for me in my work, to spend time outside the studio sourcing inspiration and materials. My art practice attends to the direct physicality of all things material. Working instinctively, I fill my studio with anything sensory or visually compelling, from Found objects and natural forms, to constructed sculptural elements. Inspired by such things I explore these materials through different methods, including photography, sculptural installations, and paint. In doing this I hope to challenge what we know of these materials, and to mobilize them in new found ways. Working with texture, colour or form, I draw on a veiled presence within each subject, revealing new things through their relationships to one another. I seek to ignite an interest in the banal or surplus details of what would otherwise be the fundaments of domestic life.
I take my inspiration from my surroundings, and the people who practice along side me. Social media is an important lifeline for me, to both communicate my ideas, and to network with other practicing artists. Living as a working artist can be isolating at times, and so it’s imperative to communicate with others who understand the lifestyle. To name a few of the artists who inspire me, I would have to say Holly Hendry, Wolfgang Tillmans, Laura Letinsky Matisse, Anselmo Giovanni and fellow graduate Sarah Roberts. I try to gain influence from as many varied sources as possible. I think the key to leading a creative lifestyle, is to not limit yourself to any particular way of working, and to interrogate every idea and process which interests you. Stay true and honest to what drives you in your practice, and you cannot go too far wrong.
Words and images by Georgina Low