The development of my art practice takes place within the contemporary art world. I research the work of other artists in order to develop an understanding of how my work operates within this territory.
I discovered Candice Breitz (born 1972) at the South African Pavilion in Venice. She is a South African artist who works primarily in video and photography. She currently lives in Berlin, and has been a tenured professor at the Braunschweig University of Art since 2007. Breitz uses found video footage, appropriating video from popular culture to obscure idenity and voice.
Helen Chadwick (1953 – 1996) was a British sculptor, photographer and installation artist. In 1987, she became one of the first women artists to be nominated for the Turner Prize. Her work used unconventional materials that included chocolate, lambs tongues, rotting vegetable matter and urine.
I discovered Joan Jonas (born 1936) at the Tate. She is an American visual artist and a pioneer of video and performance art. Jonas' projects and experiments provided the foundation on which much video performance art would be based. Her influences also extend to music, conceptual art, theatre and performance art. She was mesmerising to watch.
Kiki Smith (born 1954) is a West German-born American artist whose work is about sex, birth and regeneration. She has dealt with subjects such as AIDS and gender, while recent works have depicted the human condition in relationship to nature. She draws and makes sculpture. She doesn't make work to make a point, she just does it and sees what happens.
Tacita Dean OBE RA (born 1965) is an English visual artist who works in film and sculpture. She is one of the Young British Artists, was a nominee for the Turner Prize in 1998. She lives and works in Berlin. Her film An Event for the Stage inspired me to make my first film. Her work has a surface appeal (dare I say beauty) but has a depth and richness...
William Cobbing (born 1974) works allude to the idea of entropy, blurring of the boundaries between the body and the landscape. His work The Kiss was very interesting to me and his love of clay as a material ignited my desire to use clay more.
Jennet Thomas uses film to explore the everyday, fantasy and ideology. Her Unspeakable Freedom Device had the honour of being banned. She writes, directs, films and edits her work. It is amazing what you can do with a tiny budget.
Martha Rosler (born 1943) is an American artist who works in video, photography, text, installation, and performance. Her work focuses on women, exploring issues from everyday life and the media to architecture and the built environment. Her Semiotics of the Kitchen is particularly famous.
Gillian Wearing OBE RA (born 1963) is an English conceptual artist, one of the Young British Artists and winner of the Turner Prize in 1997. Gillian Wearing is known for her documentation of everyday life through photography and video, blurring the line between reality and fiction, using voice over techniques to highlight identity and meaning.
Christine Borland (born 1965, Darvel, Ayrshire, Scotland) is a Scottish artist and one of the Young British Artists (YBAs). She works with forensic science and medicine, including police and judicial processes to create sometimes very disturbing images. Phantom Twins particularly moved me and made me think about the journey of bringing life into the world.
Mohau Modisakeng was born in Soweto in 1986 and lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa. He makes film, large-scale photographic prints, installations and performances. His “work doesn’t start off with an attempt to portray violence but it becomes mesmerising because although we might recognise history as our past, the body is indifferent to social changes, so it remembers.” I learnt a lot about how to curate film from his work.
William Kentridge (born 28 April 1955) is a South African artist known for his prints, drawings, and animated films. He comes with a political pedigree and his work often reflects on social injustice. I loved his Thick Time where he combined film, sculpture and sound to hypnotic effect. I learnt about the polyphonous voice from his work. He gives a good TED talk too: Peripheral Thinking