IS THIS THIS IS…. Nazma Botanica
(& City of Culture Bid announcement party)
elysium Orchard street studios, 2nd Floor, 34a Orchard Street, Swansea
Thurs 7th December, 6pm
(the result of the City of culture 2021 will be announced between 7 – 7.30pm)
Nazma Botanica has been the latest Artist in residence at the IS THIS THIS IS Project space throughout November.
‘This experimental space gives me the opportunity to work collaboratively with other artists on a larger scale, using walls and floor as a whole canvas. The lack of a direct ceiling lends itself to being something other than simply an internal room. It makes me feel as though I am outside, without a roof over my head. I want to transform the space into a sanctuary for people to view the words and images, and even contemplate life’s journey perhaps?
Capturing my memory through text, my GOODLUCK DOLLS (TM) act as guardians of the space absorbing people’s worries. This unburdening becomes a positive experience, encouraging people to reflect upon their own narratives. Life is fragile and the need to connect with others in this way is what makes us human.
By sharing all our woes, the highs and lows, could we demonstrate that we are all very similar? Can we work together?
Situated in the elysium gallery Orchard Street studios, the project space is used on a monthly basis by selected residency artists and the elysium gallery studios community. The aim is to enable artists to work and experiment towards creating new work in an environment outside of their usual studio practice in preparation for critical discussions within the group. The space enables artists to develop, to build, to take risks, to test and to invite peers to see the work in progress.
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