Arts Trail: Have you shown this work before / hosted this event before?
No I haven’t.
Arts Trail: Have you taken part in the Trail before?
No, I’ve taken part in E17 Art Trail before. But E11/E10 needs more love.
Arts Trail: Tell us a little about your artistic background / education?
I studied a BA in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins and graduated in 2015. It was a cross disciplinary course, and I worked in a variety of mediums. After graduating I took a bit of a shift away from my individual practice, though I constantly wrote prose and poetry, some of which inspired this work – and focused on working within gallery education. My practice has come more and more into that work though, and in turn has inspired me to make my own work even more so, and understand my own practice and its importance. I recently finished two of my first freelance projects, with Tate as an Artist/Observer on workshops with a Pupil Referral Unit, and working with ‘the drawing shed’ and a performance artist on a series of live art projects with teenage girls – both projects really grounded me in thinking about issues of agency, identity and difference, and the tensions that can lie there.
Arts Trail: How would you describe your art practice? What kind of things inspire you to create art?
I am always trying to strike a balance between specificity and ambiguity. The work is very honest and comes from my own set of circumstances and identifiers – yet it is layered and layered to remove it from being straightforward autobiographical work. The work is about that process in and of itself, to share or not to share, to identify or not to identify. I use glitter, hair, and text as my main materials at the moment – I enjoy using materials in unusual ways, throwing them almost into this fantasy world. Language is always used to add tension into the art.
What inspires me when looking at other art is interesting and intricate uses of material. I feel like colour and visually appealing works are often seen as ‘excessive’, the same with emotional things. I respond to art on a ‘critical’ level, but there is also that emotional kick, that makes me go ‘oh’. and runs through all art I ever truly remember and love. To be more specific though -poetry, identity politics, family photo albums, hair shops, print, pattern and London.
Arts Trail: How would you describe a good day in the studio?
I’m not sure. When you just do something and it looks great, exactly how you thought it would function in your head but then again that doesn’t always push you, I like to be left with more questions than I’ve answered – cause otherwise, I worry, what next?
Arts Trail: What challenges (if any) do you face in preparing yourself and your work for the Trail?
Not many – although I spent a long time obsessing over frames, always the way.
Arts Trail: Do you collect art?
I have a few things, usually gifted to me, and some stuff by local artists. Would love some more.
Arts Trail: Please tell us something you really like about Leytonstone.
There is always the sense something is happening – even if it is rather odd, I like people watching and going back to my family and regaling them with a tale.
Arts Trail: Besides the Trail, what is coming up next for you and where can we see more of your art in the flesh or on-line?
Not sure, I’ve created so much writing that I’m quite overwhelmed by it; I’d like to work out what it is and how to dispense it. You can follow me on twitter and instagram@rlindsayaddy, and check out my website www.rebeccalindsayaddy.com to find out.