Fine Art Postgraduate students show challenging works at Primary

Students Joana Faria and Emily Simpson took over Primary’s ground floor gallery in an exhibition marking the culmination of their MFA study

Visitors at the exhibition preview
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Visitors at the exhibition preview

Two students from our MFA Fine Art course have recently showcased their work in a joint exhibition at Primary. The exhibition, entitled When I grow up, I want to live in a grey area, marked the culmination of study for Joana Faria and Emily Simpson, as part of Primary’s ongoing partnership with the MFA course in which they offer studio space to students.

Joana Faria with her work
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Artist Joana Faria

The exhibition formed part of the ambitious programme at the artist-led space on Seely Road, which exists to support creative research and to develop new ways of engaging audiences. Both artists’ works explore generational anxieties, with particular focus on a conflict between personal and political narratives.

Joana presented two works exploring the physical and emotional experience of motherhood. Both Vegetation, a compulsive installation of discarded childcare products, and The Tower, an obsessive series of photographic stills of her sleeping child from night surveillance footage, captured personal anxiety whilst commenting on the wider social concerns of technology and consumerism.

Emily Simpson with her work
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Artist Emily Simpson

Emily’s practice explores the tensions between online and offline spaces. Her installation i guess I just make myself the victim like u say ✔ looked at how intimacies are shared on social media channels, and the confusions which ensue. Using emblems such as Facebook’s typing dots, the work emulated a sadness which she sees as symptomatic of the social media age.

On the experience of exhibiting her work at Primary, Emily said: “It was really important as it allowed my work to be framed within a respected institution, as well as in an educational setting. It took my art practice into the real world for the end of my MFA.”

The exhibition ran at Primary from 19 – 28 October 2017.

Fine Art Postgraduate students show challenging works at Primary

Published on 6 November 2017
  • Category: Culture; School of Art & Design

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