Avodah

 
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ALICE DUDGEON
FINE ART- ECA ‘18

Fascinated with mark making and driven by the act of drawing, Alice Dudgeon’s practice trials and tests materials to find the most appropriate means to bring form to her drawings.

The drawings often act as aerial-view plans of structures which are later constructed, as is the example in her final year piece Avodah.

“Exploring subjects of spirituality has prompted me to consider craftsmanship as a means of worship, harnessing and honing skills that require my labour and working materials to their limits. Much of my work invites interaction, from objects for handling to structures to be walked amongst, I'm fascinated by the intimate process of working materials and how I might extend and translate these experiences to my audience.

For this public exhibition I constructed a large-scale structure made entirely of pine. Initial, intuitive diagrams, were distilled down into a single design, lifted from the page and worked out in space. Each element of the narrow verticals was turned on a lathe by hand, communicating directly the importance of repeated, meditative acts of physical labour within my making processes. Harnessing and then honing skills, materials were worked out into a pure, simplified construction that reflected the experience of making whilst considering craftsmanship as a form of worship. Verticals guide the eye up and draw the audience in, whilst horizontal arcs beckon each visitor closer, surrounding them in this silent formation of lines, encouraging an audience to pause before they are released back out into the room”.

See more of Alice’s work via her website alicedudgeon.com or follow her @alicegdudgeon.

 
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