I used to put a building block box on top of my head
I had a plastic cooker in the garden and made mud pies
I had a blow-up chair, but my mum said it made my hair static
I used to roll up pieces of the Argos catalogue and eat it
I once fell down a manhole on my bike because I wasn’t watching where I was going
I used to watch The Snorks every Saturday morning without fail
Our memories are often intangible, abstracted combinations of objects, relationships and moments in time. We celebrate, reminisce and mourn for what they were or what they could have been. Funny, blurry and everything hazy is a solo exhibition of new works by artist Pippa Eason at PINK, Manchester, in which she combines her own childhood memories with stories collected from people she has spoken to over the last 2-years of her research project.
Eason has embraced the act of childhood play to create a series of whimsical works, building a sensory explosion of vivid colour, humour and familiarity. Ranging from large-scale hanging drawings, tiny sculptures moving through the space and life-size inanimate objects spewing sugary odors from their pores, the artist invites us to enter her sensory world of imagination and recollect our own memories of joyful times.
Pippa Eason comments: “One of my furthest memories of childhood play was at my Aunty Janet’s house, tying string from the kitchen through to the living room. I hung my Aunty’s kitchen objects and ornaments from around the house. Looking back this was my first art installation and my fascination with objects surrounding me has continued throughout my life.”
Funny, blurry and everything hazy marks the conclusion of a two-year collaborative project with curator Mark Devereux in which they have worked together to question our intrinsic experiences of memory and how this impacts on our personalities.
Mark Devereux added: “We’re proud to partnering with PINK to realize this ambitious new body of works from Pippa. Having worked with her closely over the last 3-years, I’ve reminisced and recalled memories that are close to my heart. We’re looking forward to welcoming visitors to the exhibition and hearing some of your stories…”
Funny, blurry and everything hazy launches at PINK with an opening celebration on Friday 17 September (6-9pm). The exhibition then continues until Sunday 3 October. Visits to the exhibition and opening should be booked in advance.
Find out more about Funny, blurry and everything hazy via Mike Pinnington’s review of the exhibition on The Double Negative: www.thedoublenegative.co.uk/2021/09/a-technicolored-sensory-portal-pippa-easons-funny-blurry-and-everything-hazy
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Pippa Eason | markdevereuxprojects.com/artists/pippaeason | www.pippaeason.com
Pippa Eason’s work makes observations of performative online gesture through sculpture, digital drawings, GIFs, and collages. Her practice co-opts the crispness of advertising but with a hand-crafted touch, used to hint at status anxiety, smartphone addiction, and meme culture. Her sculpture is ambiguous, though aims to pick up on – and visually start to unpick – trends in art, fashion and pop culture, mapping the direct impact aesthetic shifts in contemporary culture have on visual artists.
Mark Devereux Projects | markdevereuxprojects.com
Mark Devereux Projects has established a proven track record of developing artists’ practices and careers since forming in 2013. Specialising in supporting artists during crucial developmental stages in their career, we work collaboratively with the artist, placing their core interests and ambitions at heart. Many of the artists we have worked with have gone on to receive important commissions, prizes, exhibitions and grants that have furthered their careers.
PINK | pink-mcr.com
PINK is a discursive curatorial project focusing on interdisciplinary research, practice and collaborative exchange. PINK presents ambitious curatorial projects that comprises overlapping objectives, thematic research and creative collaborations; crossing various disciplines in order to practice a critical fascination.