February 26th 2016
Aspinall's work often falls into the space between thoughts, memory, and reaction, encouraging or coercing the viewer into movement or thoughtfulness through the use of installation and sound. The artist uses her work in such a way that leads the viewer into a false state of comfort in order to fill and engage themselves in the work. There is an interest in human thought process and consciousness and how it still remains largely a mystery into 'how' and 'why' we work the way we do. "The mind is everything. What you think you become"
Lauren Jay Ford
Ford primarily works with sculptural installations and moving image. Her work creates situations in which everyday objects are altered or detached from their natural function. She studies the abject which explores the act of how hair, once it has been removed from the human head, transforms from being an object of beauty to an object of revulsion once it ceases to perform that role.
My practice looks at things that arouse curiosity, stigma and the unanswerable. I am interested in what makes us uneasy and how influence and suggestion form us, right down to how we react to environments, objects or situations. I like to make work that can play with perception, to draw in the audience and then place ambivalence in their minds. Ultimately my work is about what the viewer takes from it. I do not wish to dictate what a viewer may feel. Instead, I set up situations to challenge them.
Photography © Sheena Russell, Jamie F Simpson