‘Sweet FA’ presents five recent post-graduates from Wimbledon College of Art. Within their work, each artist independently considers and explores the notion of viewer recognition with the ensuing concept of comprehension. Yet the exciting diversity of these five artists arises from their thematic and technical juxtapositions.
Saffa Barkhordar’s work is derived from a collection of decorative objects and elements from nature that she merges together to create an imagined world. Natural sources, such as flora, fauna and fungi are entwined and repeated. These motifs organically grow, multiplying across the paper’s surface to form something distinct, unknown and strange.
Henry Maber is concerned in his work with the attribution of meaning; how we as viewers organise visual phenomena to make sense of it. His work pools materials and methodologies from different sources to confound easy reading, but also leaves the trail of an investigative and experimental thought process.
Leah Clough looks at how organic forms found in plant and animal life can inspire the other-worldly. Her drawings are about embellishment and building up an accumulation of lines which work together as an expanding image that evolve on paper into something almost animalistic.
Wang Ip Sszto challenges the viewer with the experience of landscape, whether physical or virtual. The created landscapes can still be recognised by the viewer as they hold common points of reference. His work brings up questions of memories of a place, which can be seen as an incipient observation and expression. Wang aims to show that memories locked in places and landscapes can be powerful tools to stimulate the spectators own memories and imagination.
Louise Robinson’s current work is inspired by both personal experience and the recent catastrophic events that have swept Australia. Images which have previously seemed visually idyllic now hold an unsettling calmness when contrasted with the chaos of today.