Gallery Talk: Somatic Storytelling Using Found Objects

Carys Reilly & Beth Hopkins

Archive Events & Talks (8 November 2021, 1.00pm - 3.00am)
Join artists Carys Reilly and Beth Hopkins for a workshop on conveying somatic experiences through art. How we can create objects to communicate our internal experiences or feelings.
Inspired by Carys’ process of deconstructing and reassembling found objects, this workshop will give participants the opportunity to create small sculptures that can tell their stories. These can be as happy, sad, difficult, fun, personal or as universal as you choose.

You’ll be able to learn about working instinctively with materials to tell stories, and how to find a way of creating that’s personal and accessible to you - no fine art training or education required. We will be working in a small group, and there is no pressure or expectation to share the experience you want to make work about, but you’re welcome to do so if you feel comfortable.

All materials will be provided, but feel free to bring along any objects you’d like to incorporate into your sculptures. The workshop includes a tour of Carys’ work for Strange Relations, which is currently being exhibited at Fabrica.

About The Artist

Carys Reilly is a contemporary artist living in Glasgow. Her practice combines drawing, sculpture, photography and body art. Her work is influenced by the 'Pictures Generation' artists, and the radical narcissism of 1970s feminist performance. The narratives of her practice are shaped by her own experience of chronic illness, neurodivergence, and a fascination with historical texts on hysteria.

Carys graduated from Winchester School of Art in 2015, specialising in woven textiles. Her BA collections integrated sculpture, illustration, typography and weaving to create immersive worlds and narratives critiquing contemporary attitudes towards women and mental illness. She then went on to study at the Royal College of Art, graduating with a Masters degree in Textiles in 2017. Here she further developed her sculptural pieces and her flair for melodrama and performance, expanding on her exploration of femininity and chronic illness. Carys has worked with several artist collectives, including Womanstanley, Outside In and Sweet ‘Arts. Her piece The Hermit, The Waif, The Witch and The Queen has been exhibited in America and Vietnam, as part of an International Art Exchange with Sweet ‘Arts.

FBA 1133594

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