Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Elena Cassidy Smith, Mitra Memarzia and Bec Garland

Elena Cassidy – Smith is a multidisciplinary artist working with sculpture, installation, interventions and hybridised live art. Her work seeks to explore the underbelly of convention, what is acceptable and what lies beneath the veneer of acceptability. The domestic domain, sense of identity and patterns of consumerism are reoccurring subjects in her work.

Bec Garland works in illustration, photography, writing and performance. Recent commissions include artist for 'Culturefeast' - Stockport City Council delivering workshops and commissioned drawing, and facilitator for PhotoVoice workshops in the North West. In 2007 she completed her MA and in 2008 she was a resident artist at Vermont Studio Centre, USA. She is currently developing work which explores notions of narrative and the imagined space.

Mitra Memarzia’s artistic practice spans across a wide variety of styles and media, which include; writing, photography, installation, film, performance, sculpture, illustration and interactive media. Her main artistic aim is to create inspirational dialogue and exchange through a variety of creative productions. Her work is concept driven with an emphasis on connecting and collaborating with a diverse range of individuals and organisations.

One careful owner

Three artists come together to create an installation, which, coupled with spontaneous performance, will engage audiences with the work as we take on the persona of established antiques experts.
With the value of an object in mind such as subjective value being something that has both use and rarity and ethical value referring to the grading of objects, real or abstract, in terms of their importance, we offer an alternative 'cash in the attic' where objects are graded in worth against a new 'valuenometer' that uses random indicators to set the value. Used and found objects will be moulded and manipulated into new hybrid ‘desirable’ items or objects d’art that then will be valued by our team of in-house antiques experts and offered for sale to the public at the Art Boot Sale. All the items for sale will be priced between 1 and 100 pence, with letters of provenance to accompany each item sold, informing the buyer as to the history of the object or work of art.

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