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Goldsmiths MFA graduate Lisa Selby is one of five artists selected for Jotta’s latest Editions Space series. Selby chatted with us after exhibiting her large scale sculptural works at Sum of Substance last week, see her edition on show now at Jotta Live in Soho.
What medium do you work with, and what did you exhibit at Sum of Substance?
The mediums I use are mostly associated with commonplace materials.
The first of the works I exhibited at Sum of Substance is Extend-Impend-Fortify. The materials include dyed eco wool insulation, lamp stands and radiator cover panelling. I had a bit of a nightmare with this, as the dog decided, in the middle of the dying process, that it would be fun to rip it all to shreds and make it his bed!
Gestures somewhere up ahead was exhibited at Goldsmiths as a part of the MFA show 2011. The ceramic tiles used were actually the tiles used on the new academic building. I found a leftover stack and decided it would be fitting to cheekily use them in my final show. This piece also includes an unglazed semi porcelain slip cast of a vase, an assortment of wood, j-cloths, door matts, cardboard, et cetera.
In Stack with title, I used a combination of pastel coloured bath towels, walnut veneer, foam and brushed aluminium.
I have produced a limited edition print for Jotta Live, the celebration for Jotta's third birthday. The print utilises mass produced cut glass ornaments, ashtrays and bowls and a beautiful piece of plywood.
How do you feel your work engages with Sum of Substance's curatorial themes of value and how we measure it?
I am concerned with the aesthetics of and relationships between domestic items: the creation of something very processed and the various stages throughout their productions. Letting go of a material’s permanency and familiar form encourages an engagement away from these objects’ usual commercial commodity values – their familiar identity and ostentatious attributes. The works progress toward a direction where viewers are seduced by the recognition of forms used, constructed in an alternative way – recognition of the materials for their pure, sensorial and tactile qualities.
What's coming up next for you?
I will be showing a limited edition print at The Editions Space, which is launching on 24th of March at Jotta Live.
I am returning next month as a visiting tutor at Nottingham Trent to run a workshop with the fine art BA students. Since graduating, I organise, host and participate in fortnightly critical group sessions. The group was put together to sustain ongoing conversations around the work of fellow artists and moves from studio, to living room, to scout hall. These crits continue the experience of discussions at Goldsmiths and further knowledge of varied practices, current developments in art and its critical contexts.
The most important thing that I need to focus on is making some new work. I’ve just moved into a new studio in Deptford, which I'm sharing with three other graduates. It’s a squeeze, but we are building a mezzanine.