Participating artists: Christina Fragkodimitraki, Freya Yeates, Thérèse Lynch and Siddharth Pathak
In June 2020, we launched our second edition of the World of Co@Home Online Artist Residency. During the month, four wonderful international artists from Greece, Scotland and India, were learning new skills with WOC Alumni, sharing ideas and creating together, even though online.
Below you can learn more about the participating artists and the works they created as a part of the program.
Christina Fragkodimitraki is an artist based in Athens, Greece. She is currently studying at Athens School of Fine Arts. She experiments with various mediums, such as painting, video, photography and sculpture. Through her work she explores the subjects of identity, memory and human interactions, commenting on the elements of human existence.
Place beyond time
/work in progress/
“Place beyond time” derived from the observation of the urban environment, while in confinement and self-isolation. The dreary view of unappealing buildings, the dense environment and the lack of green spaces create a feeling of suffocation and tire the gaze of the individual, who is constantly receiving the same repulsive stimulus. Based on pictures of this uninviting urban scenery, the project is an ongoing attempt to alter and reinvent the landscape, primarily through photomontages. The process and some notes of the project are documented in the journal “14 days”.
Freya Yeates is an artist based in Scotland. She creates video and time-based works that reflect on themes of intimacy, loss and memory. Through her practice, she experiments with the potential of video, projection and light to communicate a surreal and quiet account of human experience. Her current research considers the states of grief and melancholia through a subjective lens dealing with loss, as well as applying its theory to social and political climates. Her most recent work explores the relationship between haptic memory (memory of touch) and the body. These works engage with the theory of hauntology and haptic visuality (use of the visuals to generate a sense of touch), to convey the process of grief through moving image work.
www.freyayeates.com / @freya_yeates
/screenshots from the video work/
After moving back to my childhood home in March, due to the COVID epidemic. I began to create a series of video documents that responded to my emotional connection to my home environment.
I documented my mother and areas of our home. These works became an expression of lament and reflection of our shared experience of grief.
Filming on a super-8 camera the work subverts the nostalgic ‘home video’ format of the medium into a reflection on ritual, memory and absence.
Using a diverse range of media including paint, ceramics, metal, photography and moving image, my work is the result of continuous experimentation followed by careful curation. Making is, for me, a form of physical thinking, a way to engage with life and creativity outside the boundaries of verbal language. The aim is to explore the act of interpreting reality, of ascribing meaning, activity fundamental to our sense of who we are and how we act.
The starting point for any project is not fixed; the interrogation might be initiated by an environment, an event or a childhood memory; what all beginnings share is that they provoke a tangible emotional and intellectual response. Ideas that take traction feed a meditative, iterative process of development in whatever chosen medium.
Objects are usually produced and displayed in multiples, evidence of the exploration of a theme. The audience are free to consider each thing as an individual piece or as part of a group. While the work is finished, many objects are unresolved, caught in a tense stasis. This references their starting point, the potential for further evolution and, most importantly, by not offering the observer a clear position, it asks them to participate in interpretation
www.ThereseLynch.com / @therese_visuals
There is no artifice to these objects. They are constructed from plaster, shop-bought dolls and wire wool. Some skill was involved. Judgement, effort and intention exercised.
They are fresh. New. They are heavy with water, damp, the plaster yet to dry. They will not always be like this. They are already changed.
The photos are representations of the objects. One physical dimension less than the real thing. Presented in a reduced form because of a virus.
Siddharth Pathak is a multi-disciplinary artist from India with a wide-ranging practice, in which he explores themes of Recovery from Trauma. He typically works with found objects, residual material fragments, and traditional mediums while incorporating specific video and audio art components, performance arts practices, and builds basic mechanical contraptions that assist in the creation of his work. Most of his projects are envisioned as long term undertakings in the study and documentation of Unconscious Conflict.
A brief stint in Advertising gave him insight into contemporary thought, compelling him to look for answers in the disciplines of Developmental and Abnormal Psychology. Through exercises in learning the ways of the human mind and heart, he attempts to capture the passage of time taken for inner change and transformation; his raw material constituting the moments between cycles of being and otherness. His goal remains to create works of a transitory nature, that invade the viewers senses, yet are never complete, but only keep renewing themselves into the now.
“For me, Art is a “happening”, and it happens when you’re not looking too closely. It’s a sphere of reality that expands to absorb everything you learn along the way, and then the work becomes what it becomes. It is in the act, not in its conclusion,” says Siddharth about his process.
Oasis 1.5 “Coal & Ice”
Created in response to the Covid – 19 pandemic, Oasis 1.5 is the newest revision of the ongoing Oasis project – A series of installations created as a reimagination of our world, our one and only safe place, currently under extreme duress, undergoing irreversible change. “Coal & Ice” is formed of related materials; wood, cardboard, packaging containers – made out of scrap and garbage with minimal interference to the qualities of the leftover objects. It is a reflection of the uncontrolled upheaval we are collectively enduring, emerging from everything that is yet to be known. Suspended matter somewhere between a falling sky, and a shifting earth; a new theme-park where life is currently walking on the seams of light and darkness.