In her recent animations Betsy Dadd aims to take the viewer on a journey to explore a location and its conditions. She is particularly interested in documenting landscapes that are undergoing change and uses drawings and field recordings as a starting point.
Materials and processes are intrinsic to her work. The expressive paintings and drawings that form the basis of her animations are often large, making her working process physically demanding. For Dadd size and materiality are not just important as a working method, but also as a way of depicting the magnitude of landscape.
The resulting animations are non-linear narratives and variously presented as monochrome installations, objects or environments with accompanying soundscapes. By using an original artwork as the surface for an animated projection, she creates an image that is simultaneously static and in constant flux, both tangible and digital ' experienced as a moving painting or a 'live' sculpture.
She has described her approach as 'durational painting', noting that: 'an image may stand still, barely moving for a given period of time, but it also has the ability to perform. With this in mind, I have been exploring animated stillness. I find subtle movement draws one to look closer. And, as a counterpoint to action, minimal movement and slow motion suspend time and create quietude.'
Betsy Dadd studied Fine Art Printmaking at the University of Brighton (2005 ' 2008) and recently graduated with an MA in Animation from the Royal College of Art, London (2013). She was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize in both 2010 and 2013. She gained first prize in the 2012 RCA Short Film Festival and a Conran Award for her final RCA show. Her work has been seen in numerous exhibitions and screenings in the UK, France, Germany and Japan and as part of dance performances at the Lilian Baylis Studio and Sadlers Wells Theatre. She has undertaken commissions for a range of clients that include Tate Merchandise, BBC Radio 4 / St Martin in the Fields Charity, Aircraft Circus, Broken Sounds Records, Wichita Records and most recently for National Poetry Day, 2013. www.betsydadd.com
Marsden Woo Project Space is curated by Tessa Peters
The Marsden Woo Project Space is a space for experimental new work in art, craft and design and runs alongside our established programme of solo and small group exhibitions by gallery artists. The Project Space allows us to respond quickly to significant bodies of innovative work, particularly that of talented emerging artists and designers, as well as fresh directions in the work of more established artists. The exhibitions are organized at short notice, so please check our website regularly for news on forthcoming shows and events.
For more information, images, or to arrange an interview with the artist please contact Tatjana Marsden or Siobhan Feeney.
Tel: 020 7336 6396
Gallery opening hours are Tuesday to Friday 11.00 ' 18.00 and Saturday 11.00 ' 16.00.
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