A little while ago I had the good fortunate to be at the Shape Open exhibition. The Shape Open is is an annual call-out for both disabled and non-disabled artists to submit work of any medium in response to a disability-focused theme. Art isn’t something I’ve talked about on the blog before but as I’ve started to dabble in art events I thought it was time to start being a bit more inclusive.
I’ll leave the review of the event itself to those more qualified, but I did invite a couple of the artists to talk about the work they put up. Obviously it’s better seen in person but I thought this might be a fun diversion from my normally-technical approach.
First up is Carly Jane, a disabled artist who presented the work ‘Strangers’, which is one of those works that really does appeal on several levels.
I’ll let Carly talk about it in her own words:
The response of the limbic system within the brain when in a state of either fear or excitement is identical. This is where an individual makes a choice, and probably why I can’t stand roller-coasters. My work often sits somewhere in the middle of that choice. I am interested in exploring the boundaries of inhibition. I also often use humour as a route into the work, behind this however I intend to confront social categorisation and behaviour led by conditioned minds. We are all conditioned, myself included. Hopefully this will lead an audience to question the root of their own belief system, and in the making I am constantly questioning my own.
You can find out more about Carly’s work at www.carlyjayne.co.uk
Wouter van de Koot
Wouter’s watercolour piece ‘The Good Life 5’ was a real highlight of the exhibition.
In Wouter’s words:
In my work I often aim to confront myself with my personal fears and fantasies. I do this in improvised performances in which I reenact specific scenes. The Good life 5 deals with the fear to become (temporary) disabled. Physical health is something I often take for granted and the thought of losing it fills me with unease. One of the questions I ask myself is: how do you keep your personality intact if you become dependent on others for your daily functions.
Much more about Wouter at: http://www.woutervandekoot.com/