During this nine-day residency, artist Maria Pavledis will be creating a sequence of installations using projection, sound and smoke drawing, within the atmospheric empty space of The Shoe Factory Social Club, part of St Mary’s Works. The space is open to the public on Saturday 11th and Saturday 12th February.
Maria Pavledis is an artist and printmaker who works with the dream-like world of fairy tale and narrative, including its darker and uncanny elements. Starting from a very strong commitment to drawing, she develops images using a mixture of traditional and non-traditional techniques. She is interested in the qualities of fragility and destruction both in nature and in printmaking and the title of the Residency refers to both animal behaviour and processes used in print.
This residency develops her printmaking practise into installation; by collaborating with engineer Chris Branford, who has specially adapted overhead projectors to create moving images. The viewer can enter in to a space of drama, becoming part of the story. Other defunct analogue equipment, like reel to reel and super 8, also comes into play.
As well as the projections, she will be showing her unusual and unique drawings made by smoking the paper with a live flame, a technique which she developed from etching processes.
Maria originally studied painting at Norwich School of Art and printmaking at Camberwell College of Art. Maria is part of the Norwich based Artist /Printmaking Collective Print to the People and a member of London Organisation of Original Printmakers and has exhibited widely.
The Shoe Factory Social Club is a creative space which is part of the redevelopment of St Mary’s Works and St George’s Works by The Shoe Quarter Limited and is curated by Sam Coe of the Wharf Academy