Artist Talk: Andre Stitt
Time: Sep 30, 7:30 PM UK Time
Meeting ID: 868 0608 8385
‘Lockdown and the Submerging Artist’
André Stitt discusses work made during lockdown as a mid-career or what he terms ’submerging’ artist.
“When you’re in your studio, you don’t have to be a finished product all the time or make formal pronouncements. Work and love – the two best things – flourish in studios. It’s when you have to go outside and define everything that they often disappear.”
Working almost exclusively as a performance and interdisciplinary artist from 1976-2013 Stitt gained an international reputation as a performance artist for cutting edge, provocative and politically challenging work. A predominate theme in his artistic output was that of communities and their dissolution often relating to trauma and conflict with art as a redemptive proposition. During this period produced hundreds of ‘live’ performance and installation works at major museums, galleries and sites specific throughout the world.
In 2008 he was awarded a major Arts Council Creative Wales Award to develop his painting practice and has since changed his art practice to painting. In 2015 he was awarded another major Arts Council Creative Wales Award to further investigate painting in relationship to installation art.
He is Professor of Performance & Interdisciplinary Art at Cardiff School of Art & Design, Cardiff Metropolitan University and was director of trace: Installaction Artspace in Cardiff from 2000-2010.
This elysium gallery & Beep Painting Biennial led event was made possible through funding from the @celfcymruarts & @nationallotterygoodcauses helping support artists and grass roots arts organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic.