aspex’s artist-in-residence for August is paper artist Rainatu Habib, a recent graduate from the University of Portsmouth’s Illustration course.
Rainatu has been comissioned to create a new installation to be presented at Victorious Festival, as part of aspex’s Summer programme SURFACE TENSION.
The artist said: “I specialise in recreating the beauty of nature through decorative flowers and floral displays using various types of paper.
I create hand-cut petals that, once pieced together, come to life. I use various coloured paper as it best represents the delicateness of a flower”.
About SURFACE TENSION
SURFACE TENSION is an innovative community arts project aiming to connect creativity across Portsmouth.
aspex, in partnership with Strong Island, the University of Portsmouth and Victorious Festival, have commissioned three artists to generate new artwork, supported by creative industries students from the University.
These artworks will be located at Victorious Festival in Summer 2017, forming ‘creative surfaces’ from recycled materials. In September 2017 the work will return to the gallery where it will be showcased in a final exhibition.
The artworks will respond to the themes of recycling, repurposing and the natural environment, inspired by aspex’s current exhibition everything comes from the egg, which comprises of reused and repurposed work made by artist Stephen Turner whilst living in a wooden egg-shaped vessel for one year.
The commissioned artists are: Paul Gonella and Tristan Savage (Strong Island); Rainatu Habib and Megan Humphries. Throughout August there will be multiple oppurtunities to engage with SURFACE TENSION, from children’s workshops to artist
events. Please ask at the Info Desk or visit www.aspex.org.uk for more information.
The project is kindly supported by Gibson Whitter, Gunwharf Quays and the Faculty of Creative & Cultural Industries at the
University of Portsmouth.