Audrey Newton lets materials find their own identities. Through her work, latex, resin and silicon all speak for themselves. Attempting to remove herself from the artistic process, Audrey anoints herself the ‘chill mum’ that allows her materials do their own thing. This practise-driven artist lets her work find its own voice; one meant to be heard differently by the audience who view it.
“Trawling through the states of matter,” Audrey experiments with what materials can do, especially latex.
She feels that she didn’t “stick to” latex rather latex “stuck to” her. Inspired heavily by the work of Eva Hesse, Audrey is aware of how the materials she has chosen are impermanent and transient, reducing her “artist’s footprint”. As the latex dissolves, discolours, degrades and alters, its identity too evolves and presents itself anew. The work is active and establishes its own presence.
images by PILOTENKUECHE International Art Program
Audrey’s pieces are true inhabitants of space, not just mere visitors. Using her surroundings as the starting point, Audrey presents work that then disrupt this space. The materials change and converse with and amongst themselves. They occupy the space of their own accord. In line with Jane Bennett’s notion of ‘Vibrant Matter,’ Audrey wants to emphasise the “vitality of nonhuman bodies.” Objects are anthropomorphised and given life; independent of the artist.
The audience is heavily considered in Audrey’s work.
Her abstract, vibrant and ever-changing pieces are not intended for linear interpretation. She wants the viewer to create their own narratives. The life-span and meaning of otherwise ephemeral materials is expanded through audience participation.
Leipzig has made Audrey green with…inspiration! With work subconsciously driven by her surroundings, she has noticed that her current work uses green taken from the surrounding Leipzig. She is also utilising “formal” shapes resembling the bricks of the PK studio. Audrey’s work evolves in conjunction with the space she and her materials find themselves in. In the upcoming exhibitions, how will Audrey’s work introduce itself? What narratives will the audience create? And how will the work occupy the exhibition space?
Written by Rosie Shackleton
images supplied by artist
Sat 29 Feb 2019
Geisserstr 75 04229 Leipzig
Sun 1 Mar, Thur 5 – Sat 7 Mar
Sat 21 Mar 2019 7PM
Sun 22 Mar – Tue 24 Mar
Franz-Flemming-Str 904179 Leipzig
27 Mar – 15 Apr