Marina Nimmo : Artist Statement 2017
Temporary, precarious installations are constructed predominately from every day objects and household detritus allowing visual clues of the familiar to be conjured up before de-stabilising the viewer into situations that are not what they first appear. Methods of support shift to constraints and the repetitive use of objects builds a sense of overload and chaos that allude to unsustainable environments. A recurrent playful use of clay within the projects hints to the domestic use of ceramic ware within the home, but within the installations the laboriously fabricated objects are ultimately dysfunctional.
Rooted within the historical discussions surrounding invisible domestic labour, questioning how far we may or may not have progressed within the last 50 years, today, labour is still defined and valued outside of the home within the paid workplace. The social and economic pressures in the early months and years of parenting to ‘get back’ to work are detrimental to the idea of achieving a balanced life. I’m interested in observing the types of labour we still under value in today’s society, the mundane routines that feed directly into our capitalist system, the same system that in turn is failing most of society. A system that seems to increasingly demand super human expectations to cover all bases at home and at work, ultimately leading to exhaustion, dysfunction and impending collapse.
Projects begin with a fresh obsession over a specific object that withholds multiple meanings; a buoy that could be a life saving aid or a wrecking ball, a child safety gate - a protective barrier or a frustrating constraint, an eggcup – an object to hold sustenance or a vessel to suggest the endless cycle of cooking. By analysing the detritus left behind from these repetitive routines of hyper productivity of consumerism, parenting and domestic activities helps pay attention to the precariousness and absurd chaos existing within our social environments, the fragility of these internal and external environments, our relationships, life and loss.
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2017 MA Fine Art Chelsea College of Arts
2005 PGCE Art &Design Institute of Education University of London
1994 1st Class BA Hons Performance & Visual Arts Pittville Art College, University of Gloucestershire.
2015 All is Flux - Mills Centre Gallery London
1995 Lime Gallery - Cheltenham
2021 Dropt’ Art Ateliers d’Artistes - Monsegur, France
2017 MA Fine Art Degree Show - Chelsea College of Arts
2017 Make-Up - MAFA Chelsea Satellite - Mills Centre Gallery Highgate London -:
2017 Nasty Women - MAFA Gallery - Chelsea College of Arts London -
2017 Trans-It - Interim MA Show Triangle Space - Chelsea College of Arts
2016 WORK - Group show - Mills Centre Gallery Highgate, London
2016 Counter Practice - MA Exhibition - Triangle Space, Chelsea College of Arts
2016 Conversations in Progress - MA Fine Art Group Show - Mills Centre Gallery London -
2015 Fly By The Seat of Your Pant Suit- MA Exhibition - Cook House Chelsea College of Arts
2015 FILM: A Story of Drawing: Working with 30 Post Graduate Students from across subjects at UAL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyTuSywqm00
2017: Tottenham HotSpur Football Stadium ‘Passionate about Tottenham’ 3 x Large scale Paintings for new stadioum gallery
2014/2015 Artist in Residency Highgate School - Celebrating 450 years:
2004 Artist in Residence - Earls Court Festival -