Emily Binks is based in West Yorkshire, and graduated with a BA Hons in Sculpture from Edinburgh College of Art in 2015. She was the recipient of the 2016 Glenfiddich Residency Prize for her work in the Royal Scottish Academy New Contemporaries exhibition. Emily creates ambitious, large scale works – often in
series – informed by human instinct and her strong personal interests in the outside world and survival skills. Her work is often large in scale, encouraging people to interact with it.
The shapes and colours within her work are directly influenced by her outside interests, for example, from the forms of equipment used in activities from her time as a scout leader. She uses found materials, and employs an element of hunting and gathering, or scavenging. Whatever is found then grows from what is collected.
Paul Corbett is based in Glasgow, and graduated with a BA Hons in Fine Art from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in 2013. His work examines minimalist ideals of industrial material and commercial colour as well as popular subject matter, exploring the nature of the art object through practical elements such as material, scale, symmetry, situ, colour and function. Paul is also interested in the use and display of
multiples, in an industrial, commercial and art context. For example, the use of flat-packed cardboard shoe boxes as both a functional and sculptural object.
Sophie Ormerod is from Hazlehead in Aberdeen and studied BA Hons Painting at Gray’s School of Art and recently completed an MFA Painting at The Slade School of Fine Art, London. Her paintings explore placement of colour and the gaps, spaces and relationships that exist in between. Her current studio practice investigates the possibilities of paint as a
material and an energy and pace that can be achieved in its application, and the expressive gestures that occur within the process of painting.
Jonathan H S Ross
Jonathan H S Ross is based in County Down in Northern Ireland and studied at the University of Ulster, where he gained a BA Hons in Fine and Applied Art. He is currently studying a Masters at IADT, Dun Laoghaire. He is interested in how attitudes and consequences of environments may be able to reach further into that of interaction and relationships towards the restoration/ conservation/ display of objects whether in a museum or in regards to our extended built environment.
The bust in the exhibition is a reproduction of Houdon's “Louise Brongniart” who was the daughter of a French Architect Alexandre Theodore Brongniart. Although the bust is quite different from the originals (in the collections of major worldwide museums) as they were produced by various craftspeople, Jonathan is intrigued how this bust became well known and how the public generally accepted and wanted to acquire these reproduction busts and whether the value of these objects then diminishes. These reproductions serve a function the same way as the original and are equally as appealing although without the provenance.