The Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize 2016 Judging Panel is a selection of highly respected and renowned individuals in the art world, who cover a wide range of viewpoints and varied tastes for all movements, mediums and types of Fine Art.
In the second of a series of interviews, we ask new judge Briony Marshall, the questions many artists have asked us. These including understanding what famous art and artists the judges like, more about the judges' expectations, their involvement in the art world, the exciting projects they are involved in and their own tips to help your career. If you have any new questions, feel free to comment below...
Briony Marshall is a London based sculptor and installation artist, Council Member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors and Head of Professional Development of The Art Academy. She is very involved in both mentoring and peer mentoring of emerging artists, including for the highly competitive Royal British Society of Sculptor’s Bursary award. We welcome her to the judging panel for 2016, to share her knowledge and skills in sculpture and in mentoring emerging artists.
Q1: Which artworks or media or movements are your favourites?
A1: Sculptures and Installations in all their forms and the Art-Science movement (see here for one of many interesting articles on this).
Q2: What do you appreciate or look for in an artwork?
A2: It is something that cannot be defined - a special quality that just touches you and pulls you in. Sometimes it reflects clearly something undefined that you have been trying to grasp. Other times a work is special because it lets you see, understand or enjoy the world in a way you didn’t before.
Q3: If realism/traditional is 0 and abstract is 10, what number places your favourite artworks/type?
Q4: Which important/renowned artists are you interested by?
A4: As a sculptor my early influences were figurative works by Camille Claudel, Rodin, Michelangelo (particularly his half-finished slaves – you can see more about this here), then more abstracted works by Moore, Giacometti, Hepworth and Frink (read about Elisabeth Frink here ). I’m also keen on immersive and installation work such as Cold Dark Matter by Cornelia Parker (see this excellent page on Tate about it), Gormley’s more ethereal figures and exciting work going on in the Art-Science movement.
Q5: What do you appreciate or look for in an artist with potential?
A5: They are honestly pursuing their own practice without ego, without trying to fit in or be different, being brave and tenacious enough to let it take them where it needs to go.
Q6: Do you have one important piece of advice for emerging artists?
A6: Spend long hours doing your work - that is the only way to get better; try to have a plan - but be led by your practice; and be as professional and organised as you can in the business side of your practice.
Q7: What has been your favourite art project that you have been involved with?
A7: My most recent project was looking at the neuroscience of memory for a public art award (read about this on her website http://www.briony.com/tag/neuroscience/). At times it was mind-bendingly complex, but I felt I was gaining precious insights into so many aspects of humanity - from models of visual perception to philosophical ideas of consciousness.
Q8: What plans and projects have you got for 2016?
A8: I want to develop further my neuroscience research into a body of work - so that is my concentrated studio project for the year. I’m also looking forward to a nice exhibition of my work with Candida Stevens (http://candidastevens.com/) in Chichester where I get to see my large DNA - Helix of life (http://www.briony.com/dna/) sculpture alongside some more recent works I’ve done in the same series: my molecular series in which human figures connect together in the chemical geometries of various substances. I also need to do an overhaul of my website and finish building my studio. Yet another busy year then, and that's before I factor in judging the Ashurst Prize!
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Oaktree & Tiger Team
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