I suffer from depression, and am currently going through a terribly rough patch. As you can imagine, the creativity isn’t flowing quite as easily as it has in the past, and, for at least the next couple of months, I REALLY need to focus my energy on getting me better.
This doesn’t mean I’m not full of plans for what next, but ideas for future work are on the back burner, bubbling away steadily.
Video Submission for the Power of Making Exhibition, made in conjunction with Anarkik3D and A1 Technologies.Directed by Siri Rodnez, cinematography by David Liddell
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The Jerwood Makers Open has given me the opportunity to create larger sculptural works with an interactive facet: elements that light up, vibrate or move when the spectator approaches, touches or handles the work. The installation of the work accentuates the audience’s sense of discovering awe-inspiring, exotic creatures. I am particularly interested in the concept that the works are only complete in the audience’s presence.
I am very excited to have been selected for the Jerwood Makers Open. Four artists, including myself, ceramic artist Emmanuel Boos, glassmaker Heike Brachlow and installation artist Keith Harrison have been awarded an equal share of £30,000 to create new work, which will go on display as part of the JVA programme at the Jerwood Space in July.
I am really excited as this gives me the opportunity to create larger interactive sculptural works, and really defy the boundaries of what is possible with technologies like rapid prototyping. I intend to create artefacts that depend on audience participation to reach their full potential. Designing the interactive element will be a significant challenge, taking my practice to a new level, in terms of both audience experience and technical expertise.
My work is now on sale in the US through Smashing Darling. Initially I’ve only put up a few pieces, with more to follow! //www.smashingdarling.com/store/farah-b-studio-jewellery
‘In the Frame’ Exhibiton at Studio Fusion Gallery, London, 13 Nov- 15 Jan 2010
‘Wrapped’ Christmas exhibition at Studio 20/17, Sydney, Australia, 16 Nov- 24 December 2010