Hannah Laycock: Artist in Residence

“’How do you feel?’ ‘How do I feel?’ He repeated, and scratched his head. ‘I cannot say I feel ill. But I cannot say I feel well. I cannot say I feel anything at all.’” *

Photographer Hannah Laycock spent ten years living in London and Brighton.  Since returning to Scotland, she has taken up Six Foot Gallery’s Artist in Residence Program, in association with Menzies Hotel. Her exhibition will start this month, and feature an experimental new series of photographic works – with which she intends to begin her working life in Glasgow.

Hannah describes her relationship with the photographic medium as such:

“For me, photography is painting with light. I was never really skilled at painting in the traditional sense, nor was I skilled at other creative mediums. Photography has enabled me to skilfully explore my creativity.”

Consequently, Hannah’s refined and intuitive photography skills have allowed her to capture and present her subjects in a way that is both truthful and loving.  From ‘Railing at the Enthrallment to the Failing of the Light’ (Parts I – II, 2009-) a touching, multi-media based documentation of her parents’ lives as her father’s health begins to decline; to ‘Fragility’ (also 2009), in which the image of the human body is treated with a rare, uncompromising sensitivity.

Following her diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis, the artist has focused on relaying the associated feelings of “uncertainty, fear, loss and liberation” through her work.  We ought to view ‘awakenings’ as an attempt towards: “Dealing with notions of identity and the play on this in relation to [the artist’s] diagnosis”; as well as recognise its intention to raise awareness of MS.  Furthermore, the artist aims to convey her personal journey in such a way that it reaches its viewers on a universal level, regardless of their own experiences.

Six Foot Gallery will be exhibiting ‘awakenings’ by Hannah Laycock between 28th August – 14th September (Preview: 27th August).

hannahlaycock.com

Our Artist in Residence program is kindly supported by The Menzies Hotel and Street Level Photoworks.

*Oliver Sacks, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat – also referenced by Hannah Laycock in accompanying text to ‘Perceiving Identity’, 2015.

Best of Degree Show: Melanie Wiksell

Melanie Wiksell finds in death, an imagery that she wants to exploit and explore to its limits. She aims to distort life with surreal and uncanny elements and draws inspiration from the occult, rituals, the sublime, and mythologies. One of her central interest within these themes, is how people decorate pain.

After three years at The Glasgow School of Art, Melanie Wiksell will now be returning to Sweden to continue her education on the master’s programme at Umeå University, where she looks forward to further expand her artistic expression. Her goal with this programme is that it will help her strengthen the ways she demonstrates credibility in her expression and concept.

http://www.melaniewiksell.com

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Best of Degree Show: Lesley Finlayson

Lesley Finlayson has been developing her body of work by looking at the landscape in non representational ways and by breaking free from traditional conceptions. She abstracts the imagery to create something new, which requires the viewer to engage with the work – challenging them to look at  and interpret it individually.

Her time at the City of Glasgow College allowed her to come in contact and communicate with a variety of lecturers, all specialising in their own field. Their words and advice helped her consider different ideas and perspectives as well as pushing her work in new directions.

For her future, she plans on continuing with her volunteering roles in order to gain further experience in organising and teaching art. She will also focus on expanding her knowledge about different mediums, for example by learning new printmaking techniques, develop existing ones and further explore the concept of the landscape.

 

Lesley Finlayson 2 BOD 2015

 

Lesley Finlayson BOD 2015

Best of Degree Show: Joanne Dawson

“The best thing I learnt from art school is to value your peers and be a support network for one another. You’ll end up learning thorough them.”

Joanne is interested by the ‘things’ we engage with in ordinary situations. Everydayness being subverted by foregrounding its support – how it is encountered contextually and in the way it is presented. The physical work she produces is a double of what already exists, a metaphysical reflection on society, with objects that attempt to locate the position they aspire to copy, maybe as a soft replication or of an indication to something else. Working primarily through the use of sculpture, installation, and printmaking, Dawson deals with the functionalities of the commonplace, intervention and object through site-specific research. On Joanne’s agenda next is beginning to work towards a number of shows including G-unit in the Savoy Center, Glasgow, and the Embassy Graduate Show in Edinburgh in September. She currently has a shared studio at Crownpoint Studios in the East End of Glasgow.

http://www.joannedawson.co.uk/

Best of Degree Show 2014

Six Foot Gallery team has selected the best works for our annual Best of Degree Show which showcases the emerging talents from all over Scotland. As we near towards the end of exhibition we would like to thank Sian Smith, Tiina Lilja, Jackie Henderson, Natasha Ferguson, Ellen Love, Nicole McCarron, Samantha Wilson, Lindsay Hill, Thomas Cameron, Angela Mattern and Gezi Yao for their involvement. Head over to Gallery to see some of the works!

We’ve asked the participants about their experience of the Degree Show and how will it affect their future as artists:

Tiina Lilja

Tiina Lilja

 

So far the Degree Show has been the biggest exhibition of my career and the volume of people who came in to see it was truly astonishing. Getting feedback from viewers of all walks of life, awards that were handed out after a hard year’s work and the opportunities that followed on the heels of the exhibition are worth of all the stress, sleepless nights and self-doubt every graduating artist must go through at the end of their time in university.

Sian Smith 

The importance of working at a steady, even pace is something I will definitely take with me from this experience. Also the fact that you can never please everyone, I have realised that its important to make work that you are pleased with yourself and hope that others will follow.

Jackie Henderson

Jackie Henderson

 

The experience of the show itself was very bitter sweet; The relief and happiness of producing an exhibition of work I was proud of was dulled somewhat by the realisation that the past four years of fun, exploration, challenge, hard work and reflection was coming to a close.