|08/08/19 - 01/09/19
summer, OUTPUT gallery is excited to present its first commission with
Liverpool-based artist Frances Disley. Through this exhibition, the
artist would like to create a space in which visitors can enjoy
something refreshing and distracting; where they will be able to access
an atmosphere that clicks them out of whatever they were thinking
about, even just for a moment. This aims to be a no-pressure offer of
mindfulness for whoever might wander into the show. Disley will be
transforming the space through scent, sound, video, sculpture, texture
and and lighting, with fabrics and colours on the walls and floor. The
artist is also collaborating with performer Pei Tong to activate the
installation at certain times.
Disley is based in Liverpool at The Royal Standard studios and is
currently exhibiting at Humber Street Gallery in Hull with her solo
exhibition ‘Cucumber Fell in the Sand.’ Recent projects include a live
interactive performance/dance/workout/installation and video as part of
At the Library, commissioned by Sefton Libraries in Netherton Activity
Centre, Liverpool (2018).
|What are your influences as an artist?
of the starting points for this work is a Nike outfit (which you can
find if you google French Terry Trousers Nike Sportswear Swoosh). I
used the colourway as a palette for the entire work. I like the idea
that a team at Nike created a mood board which became boiled and
reduced down into this outfit which seduced me and bled out into this
work. Watching how my kids respond to spaces that are sometimes
intended to initiate play and some that aren’t inspires me; they are a
really good gauge sometimes of how a space can make you feel. The
initial idea for this work came from a period of anxiety I experienced
and I wanted to try to make something that would have been useful to me
at that time. My starting point was the idea of a distraction because
that’s what I needed, an excuse to stop thinking about the worrying
thoughts I was having which were constantly looping and
escalating, leaving me stuck.
Other inspirations – Star Trek (sci-fi in general); Leeson Lewis (dancer); and growing plants to eat, smell and look at.
Where do you make your art?
have a studio but having two small kids and a job, I make lots of my
work from home - in the kitchen back yard etc. I am happy to work this
way and having something close at hand that I can access intermittently
relieves the pressure and guilt around going to the studio and fitting
everything into a block of time. For instance some of the pink paint on
the walls was made at home by boiling up avocado stones and all the
fabric was dyed,
bleached and washed in my kitchen. I often bring
lots of these elements to a space and play and compose them on site
allowing me to be responsive, adding some unpredictability to the
outcomes for me which I enjoy.
Why do you collaborate with performers?
recognised a while ago that I hate working away on my own in a studio
getting stressed out about making a thing that I then drop into a space
with no real idea about how it’s going to be received or if it’s useful
to anyone. I like how working with other people makes me shape my
practice to become more accommodating and functional for my
collaborators. Most of the markings in this work act as a score or
series of prompts for the performer Pei Tong and the objects are also
for her to activate within the performance. I enjoy the idea that the
paintings etc. enhance or support the movements from Pei and wouldn’t
exist in this way without this collaboration. Working with people from
different disciplines also can help you develop new modes of
communication allowing you to reflect on what you do and why you do it.