Chelsea MA Fine Art student, Milena Michalski, is recipient of The Arts Club Aldeburgh Beach bursary and winner of the Chelsea College of Arts residency. It will take place 1-6 April 2014, with a show on Saturday 5th April 2014, 11-4pm and drinks 12-2pm.
‘The theme I have chosen for my residency at The South Beach Lookout in Aldeburgh is “the optical and its limits”. These words originally referred to the visual properties of the sea, but I have extended their meaning to encompass the creation of works which are both visual and tactile, combining optics and haptics.
‘Traditionally, the Lookout is a point from which to observe outwards, yet for me, with this residency, it is also a place offering the chance to look inwards, to re-assess how I work. My practice centres on film and video, as well as print-making, using both analogue and digital media. During the residency I plan to use my surroundings to affect my work physically, by introducing elements into the material of the pieces. I shall use painting on film to engage the public, and I will use a Super 8 camera to record parts of the residency, but I also intend to use film as a sculptural object. Similarly, I shall print on paper, but also with the aim of working with its materiality in ways beyond using it as a carrier of an image. In keeping with the beautiful simplicity of the Lookout, perhaps most importantly and most challengingly, I would like to incorporate drawing in my work there.
‘The Lookout residency is the perfect opportunity to take artistic risks I would not take otherwise, to think and work in new ways, in new surroundings. It is, of course, a little daunting, but above all it is deeply exciting and inspiring.’
Find more information about Aldeburgh Beach Lookout visit their website.