Holly James’ work is about Phenology – the study of seasons. Her process starts with walking, noticing, and documentation through photography. From photos, she creates a colour library of hex codes. Then she designs grid-based patterns using handmade algorithms. This approach gives the work a natural feel, mirroring nature’s patterns without repeats. Her work refers to Bauhaus textiles by evolving abstract pattern design using digital techniques. She has been using cross-stitch because of its grid-based constraints. These works are a joyful celebration of the ever-changing nature of seasons. The colour library acts as a climate archive to document colours and timings that may irretrievably be lost.
Over the last few years Anno Mitchell has been working on themes of shipwreck, exploring what a wreck might be, what it might mean, how it relates to our cultural and environmental history and how a shipwreck might be used as a framing idea to think about our relationship to the world. ‘Shipwreck’ as a thematic starting point allowing me to develop simultaneous concerns; what it is to be wrecked, what it is to salvage something? How can shipwreck be used as a narrative trapdoor into new worlds? How does shipwreck stand as an idea of disaster – or recovery and resilience?
Melissa Pierce Murray’s practice considers how engagement, interactions, objects and materials can facilitate and deepen awareness of our place in the world. Often interactive or participatory, her sculptural works use an aesthetic driven approach to interweave materials, emotion and narrative, creating a tactile allure and unnerving edginess. Murray’s ideas are motivated by studies in literature, physics and art, while sensitivity to place and material arises from her roots in the Colorado mountains.
David Ogle’s practice seeks a mode of fragility, frequently revealing strong geometric forms within a space, lacking the weight and immobility of sculpture. Like the dimensionless properties of line on a flat surface, they exist in space without mass or structure. Working in this way, his practice routinely employs a material that surpasses such physical restraints; light.
Stevie Ronnie is an interdisciplinary artist and writer based in Northumberland, UK. His practice occupies the boundaries between traditional artistic disciplines. Stevie’s multisensory works are rooted in poetry and poetics, evoking the hidden mechanisms and technologies that underpin our relationship to written and spoken language. He is interested in the stories we tell by not saying.