Residency

CASS Projects: Kiln Residency with Tamara Henderson

West Dean

Free with general entry

Tamara Henderson has been selected for the CASS Projects Kiln Residency, 2018, in partnership with West Dean College. Through an instinctive approach that encompasses writing, drawing, film making and sculpture, Henderson’s work seeks to expand conventional registers of consciousness. This approach enables her to cultivate new forms of cognition and deeper-than-conscious relationships with the mind.

CASS Projects provides artists with the opportunity to research, reflect and experiment in order to develop the possibilities of their own practice. In 2015 Cass Sculpture Foundation commissioned the build of a wood fire kiln in response to the increasing number of artists using ceramics in contemporary art with rare access to this traditional kiln process. In 2018, Henderson will be a resident at West Dean College for 21 days where she will develop a new body of work to be fired in the wood-fired kiln at CASS. The work will be exhibited at Art Night 2018 and supported by RODEO London, Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin and Arts Council England.

Over the course of the residency Henderson will create a new body of work that reflects her research into the form and sculpture of furniture with a relationship to hypnotherapy and mindfulness. Working with a hypnotherapist Henderson will go through the process of hypnotic induction and sensory deprivation: digging from oneself to uncover the works that she will fabricate whilst on residency.

Drawing on a wide range of references, including Cré na Cille’s controversial Gaelic ode to the recently deceased in Graveyard Clay and Eileen Agar’s Dreaming Oneself Awake, Henderson will explore the narrative rhythm of clay; creating fluid connections between different times, spaces and realms of consciousness in order to reveal the final composition.

With thanks to Arts Council England, West Dean College, Art Night 2018, Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art and RODEO London.

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