21 April – 3 May 2017
Studio open to the public on Wednesdays and Fridays
Lauren Gault ‘s sculptural, written and performance-based practice is interested in how ‘matter’ and objects may be inhabited by a process, presence or environment. States and thresholds are hugely significant within Lauren’s practice, often using materials or making sculptures which highlight or control state-change in an attempt to expose, suspend and understand these moments of flux.
Lauren's methodology acts as a way to understand how objects and materials can be communicative of intangible or ‘impossible ‘encounters such as a period of time, a place or a presence. Lauren is interested in the potential of these ideas and opening discussions around the socio, political and ethical implications of our contemporary interactions with matter/objects. She uses this relationship with materials and processes as an approach to make site responsive sculpture, installation and texts, with recent works responding to ideas around the ‘hyper-object’.
Over this two week residency, Lauren will undertake new research including written, photographic and material experiments in Skibbereen and the wider Cork area. Lauren will think through and execute object and mateiral experiments, new text works and local material reseach in the immediate Sibbereeen area. Lauren will use the studio at Uillinn, local locations, materials and histories as departure points for new work.
The artist invites the public to join in this process through a number of events:
Wednesday 26 April
Open studio screening
Open studio with a selection of Lauren's film works made in Ireland looped throughout the day. These will backdrop her current research into her material processes carried out locally in Skibbereen / Cork.
Wednesday 3 May from 11.00am to 12.30pm
'Brains are things that quack like minds’ - Object Workshop / Talk
To conclude this stage of her residency, Lauren will discuss her activities and research through an interactive talk / workshop. Participants are invited to undertake a number of ‘object excercises’ directed by Lauren during the course of the event which will include film and text excerpts, research discussion and collaborative object excercises to expand on the contect discussed. Refreshments provided by the artist!
You can follow Laurens progress on our Blog
Lauren Gault (b. 1986, Belfast) graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee. Gault lives and works in Glasgow and Belfast, working in installation, writing and performance. Lauren has exhibited nationally and internationally with solo exhibitions including: lipstick-NASA, Jupiter Artland, (2015); fugue states (with Allison Gibbs), Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow (2015); I AM IN/ Losing you, Modern Edinburgh Film School, GSS, Glasgow (2015); Plosive blows, Hotel Maria Kapel, Netherlands (2015). Her work can be viewed online at www.laurengault.co.uk
WCAC acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council and Cork County Council in making these residencies possible.