Framing the Transient NoW (an exercise in Deep Mapping)
Artist in residence: 23rd July – 4th October
Exhibition: Preview Friday 5th October
Exhibition continues until Saturday 20th October
Deep Mapping can be described as a detailed, multimedia depiction of a place and all that exists within it.
It is both a process and a product, a creative space that is visual, open, multi-layered, and ever changing. Where traditional maps serve as statements, deep maps serve as conversations.
‘In Framing the Transient NoW, walking and drawing play a major part of the process. I see walking as an enabler, in the sense of drawing attention to the micro and the things that are easily overlooked. It is a way of paying attention, to observe and meet the people that pass through a place; the objects that bang up next to each other; the spaces in-between places. It could be seen as a Psycho-geographical approach to making work as it encompasses the social, the historical, the geographical and art’.
Marega is a performance-based artist living in Newport, South Wales. Originally trained at the London Contemporary Dance School, and later studying Fine Art at Howard Gardens (then UWIC) in Cardiff, she has worked and played solidly in the grey area that lies in between disciplines since the mid-eighties. Collaboration with other artists, musicians and theatre makers have informed and shaped the styles of work that has been created to date.
Companies and co-collaborators include, Moving Being, Paradox Shuffle (which she co-founded), Volcano Theatre, Paul Burrell and Bow Gamalan, Tetsuro Fukuhara, Red Earth, Sean Tuan John, Kim Fielding (Tactile BosCH ) HiJinX and Lea Anderson of The Cholmondeleys to name a few.
She has been in Punk bands since the early “90’s – The Terrorist Ballet Dancers from Hell; Ebola Cafe; Naughty; and most recently, The Shelley Duvalls.
In 2009 she received a Creative Wales Award to explore ways of linking drawing with performance and choreography. Out of this she created Sometimes We Look, a live art dance production that toured galleries, theatres and empty shop spaces, as well as being invited to host the London Drawing Theatre.
Marega is also known as Mrs Clark of Mr and Mrs Clark.
The Clarks have been making different types of performance work since 2002, and their production Smash It Up was short listed for the Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award at the Edinburgh Festival in 2015.
She is a founder member of Newport International Airspace, a collective set up to showcase and provide a platform for the arts in Newport.