Artist in Residence
In residence 4th July until 4th September
Influenced by the traditional craft of hand embroidery, Imogen creates portraits using nail & thread. During her residency, Imogen will create a series of portraits using her signature technique that portrays a sense of movement and energy in the subjects to reflect the fast-paced atmosphere of the Bankside and community.
With the goal of developing her work into more of a 3D space, Imogen plans to create 14 portraiture works of subjects who are guests, visitors and local community members of the hotel that will create a sense of movement and pace in each portrait. Throughout this process, Imogen will approach, engage with, and photograph subjects to obtain a series of photographed portraits that will be used as a base for her original, nail and thread artworks.
Portraying the sense of energy and movement, Imogen will explore a variety of new techniques including layering up thread and utilising different lengths of nails to create multiple images of each subject in a slightly different position, using coloured thread to create light and shadow, and cutting out/fragmenting certain areas of the face to create a sense of stillness and movement in the subjects’ features.
By creating different layers of images, Imogen hopes to bring her portraits further out into the 3D space and in turn push the boundaries of what she can achieve in her work.
For the duration of her residency, Imogen will take over the Contemporary Collective Instagram account
to document her experience in the studio space. This takeover will feature process shots and final artworks to provide insight into Imogen’s creative process, as well as weekly summaries including video clips of various activities taking place in the Art Yard Maker’s Studio.