The exhibition is a culmination of work from this collaborative project that has spanned over the past two years with four artists working in unison. The latest run of the project has been an intense week of work in MADE’s Gallery to produce another painting which will be showcased alongside those produced at the Wales Millennium Centre as part of ‘Your Voice’ exhibition this Summer and the rest of the body of work made during 2020/2021. ReLAY as a project which began in lockdown and has continued and grow as an exchange project between our four artists; we are now bringing the project home to MADE!
Exhibiting Artists: Caitlin Flood-Molyneux / Abi Birkinshaw Eden Dodd / Mylo Elliott
This project was enabled with funding from Welsh Government and the Arts Council of Wales.
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ReLAY as a project began in early 2020; with two pairs of artists invited to begin a new series of works in partnership with one another. The exhibition celebrates the ingenuity and adaptation involved in making collaborative work; processes which have been further galvanised in the wake of the pandemic.
The first digital exhibition was a sum of this year-long exchange, showcasing how each individual's art practice was pushed beyond the familiar into and new territory, creating a new and exciting joint language
ReLAY began as an idea suggested by Eden Dodd and Mylo Elliott in early 2020 (pre-lockdown) two artists based in Cardiff who were already familiar with each others’ practice.
The interplay of text, symbolism and personal motifs, being common in their work seemed like a natural fit and a way of them understanding through observing and reacting to each other’s marks – a new way of developing these references.
Using drawings passed to each other, initially side by side, then after lockdown via post - the process enable thought to come in to the process as responsive - forcing their habitual method of image making into adapting to another.
Caitlin Flood – Molyneux and Abi Birkinsaw, again contemporaries on the Cardiff art scene, working with mixed media in a developed personal individual visual language, were given the challenge of sharing pictorial space, but during very different and compressed timescale during lockdown.
Some pieces went through several ‘rounds’ of being worked on, often with one artist making the final intervention in the work as an answer, to complete it . As Elliott states, they were creating ‘unique statements’ , working from a series of clues which the other had initiated. The fact that they were preparing work for each other, the ground , setting up a call for a response: was a very different process post lockdown to the initial series in Feb 2020 where they were working fast, side by side. There appears to have evolved through the project, a more considered use of language, a learnt sense of respect – knowing when to push and pull back.
“The project has always been about bringing a working method, and agreed points of departure, on complexity and understanding. Context is all important.” says Elliott.
For Flood-Molyneux and Birkinshaw, the circumstances of the project were very different – engineering time to work alongside each other in restricted social climate, resulted in attempts to paint side by side – outside, in the middle of winter.
A period of intense drawing in a studio (socially distanced) followed as being quicker and easier to manage through a series of arranged shared studio sessions. This meant working rapidly in response to each other and a more reactive and more challenging process of territorial claims on the picture space as a route to allowing a symbiotic ‘common’ ground to evolve.
The domestic arena found its way into all of the works, still lives taking on the reference of a shrunken lockdown existence world revolving around the table and immediate environment of pot plants and wine bottles, current lived space.
As Flood –Molyneux says “One piece I am particularly happy with is “Still Life Interrupted” as I think it is a good reflection of mine and Abi’s practice blended into one. We almost battled on the canvas, Abi (Birkinshaw) building on her still life using collage whilst I come in with big bold marks of expression using materials such as spray paint. We both found similarities in our practices and interesting contrasts such as painting is a very reflective time for Abi and mine is built on escapism and unlocking into my subconscious.”
This laying of the ground and the push and pull of energies between immediacy of mark making and reflective, conceptual need to make sense, shape or form meaning - when to construct and when to allow association to form connections, is something which has occurred across all the works made for this exhibition. Conveying a sense of freedom within a framework set up by another, allowing understanding.
Ultimately its testament to the strength of an image which can hold and convey all this complexity, and beautifully.
Our artists were invited to work at the Wales Millenium Center as part of 'Your Voice: An Exhibition'. A new body of work was created and showcased as part of the exhibition. The artists were reunited to across 4 days in June 2021 to work on 4 large canvases; the below film is a snapshot of the process of the works being made.
The works will be exhibited at MADE gallery throughout October along with a selection of works from the ReLAY project.