Reframing decoration : on "liveness" in staging

Renton, Lucy (2021) Reframing decoration : on "liveness" in staging. In: Folkestone is an Art School : Matter of Circulation; 23 Oct 2021, Folkestone, U.K.. (Unpublished)


A presentation of doctoral practice-led research on the idea of decoration in contemporary art, examined through a methodology of improvised installation exhibition and reflection. Key words include; Staging and Making, Colour, Decadence, Camp, Home and the Interior, Feminism, Archives, and Craft. During my DFA I came to see the activity of installing and exhibiting as the central component of my research on pattern and decoration, realising that the pressure of staging art work in public could bring new ideas to objects created in the studio. The research always begins in the studio, but the exhibition is not just the display of a finished outcome. Exhibition forces a deeper resolution onto the work that extends and develops understanding of studio production. I frequently prepare elements or fragments to form a new work in response to the place of exhibition. Even in situations where I have installed a more or less planned work, my apprehension of its meaning and its future staging changes radically once it has been publicly displayed. My Postdoctoral research has continued a thematic exploration of the decorative whilst extending this approach to exhibition installation collaboratively as a ’live’ process ‘in situ’ with other women artists, e.g., upcoming ‘Cluster’ at Broadway Studio, Letchworth in October 2021.

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