Nigel P : This made me think of the White Stripes Lego video for Fell in Love with a Girl.... Also, fairly obviously about construction of gender, strictures of academic life drawing etc. Think it's a piece which offers a lot to unpack - as Catherine's comments suggest. Would love to see in animation, or how it looks from different angles on a plinth, could you project images onto white Lego forms..? would be great to see more.
Niki Hare: Thanks for the feedback Nigel, and for awakening me to the White Stripes vid, seriously cooL!
So little thought went into this work, I just wanted a strong image to play around with in a 3D sort of way, this nude was just pinned on the wall and fitted the bill. And so now I go back, look into the piece from a distance after I have made it. It starts to address many issues and opens many ideas, somehow I have gotten to accept that I work backwards.....I make things and then explore them deeper sometime later. I am wondering if I am maybe lucky to know very little about art eduction, I did start a degree once but copped out very soon later, it culled everything I had inside me. After riding horses for 20 yrs I came back to it, just as a fun exploration, just to play with my ideas. Much to my surprise I am now a full time artist, but I keep the same approach, just playing with ideas.
Legola will be on exhibit at the ING Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries....off the top of my head it is 17th to 29th Nov, but double check...just in case you are nearby. I am hoping they give her some space from the wall, so you can see that she has a fully functioning oven and many storage cabinets in the back.
Nigel P : Like the way you describe the making process - it chimes with my childhood memories of lego adverts and the idea of imaginative play through construction. If I can, would love to catch the exhibit - hope Legola gets a great spot!
Catherine Haley Epstein: I quite like this piece on a conceptual and material level. I wonder if this is part of a larger series on women? Or are you playing with the concept of cubism? Two artist to put on your radar - one I saw this summer at the ICA in Boston, he will be representing Canada at the Venice Biennale next summer. His name is Geoffrey Farmer. The installation was incredible. Another artist is Cynthia Lahti - she is local to the Pacific Northwest (US), and does some interesting work combining printed imagery with sculptural material in a witty and powerful way. I think you should do 20 more of these! Or have you?
Niki Hare: Hi Catherine,
Thanks for your feedback and thoughts, especially the artist pointers, both really useful and exciting.
This piece was just a one off prototype, something I have wanted to get back to and develop from....but earning a living keeps getting in the way. I think the thing with the Lego was the idea of interaction, that our perceptions and views change all the time. (At this point I must confess that I really don't think about things when I make them, I just have an idea and run with it, think about it later if at all) . Now I look back at it and see that it is much about shifts in the perception of the female form, how manipulated it all is by society and the time we live in.
Another confession, I had to glue her, that slightly destroys all the thinking on the interaction. She does have her own personal shoe box but still kept on falling apart and as she is going to exhibit herself in London I figured I had better do it to save phone calls to say she had come adrift. (ING Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London, this November)
As for the 20, no, but I have been stockpiling grubby white Lego from Ebay, I am also very tempted by the idea of a large scale Duplo version!
Catherine Haley Epstein: Yes to the large Duplo version and how fun to learn you are keeping a stash of white lego. By the way, I would not worry too much about why you are drawn to creating something. I think just doing what you are inclined to and then looking at it in hindsight is fine. You can always look in retrospect to what you have done to recognize patterns. And trust me, you can draw parallels to anything you are doing, with either contemporary artists or artists in history - we are all connected. Good luck and keep making;-)