Coming soon:  essays 2015 - 2017

 

ARTIST STATEMENT 

 

My interdisciplinary practice responds to the world aesthetically, conceptually and satirically. I am exploring value and worth; using techniques from both the visual and performing arts to evaluate lives and objects of low and hidden status.

To paraphrase Primo Levi, we are all dancing atoms of carbon. At a quantum level, particles move with unimaginable vigour so by extension, death becomes a different act in the minute ballet of life. The way in which this perpetual molecular dance affects our perception of time also intrigues and is explored in micro-installation and choreography in two-dimensional space. Through this prism, life's detritus is elevated to truth, providing social commentary via unexpected means of articulation. I wish to explore this universality of dance, it is both life and death and my starting point. 

 

In 2016 I moved my practice to the absurd, to Narragonia. For years I supported my creative projects with income from a stereotypical job with no progression whatsoever and I began to address the confusion of my artistic status whilst assisting others in power. Originally, my found fashion was picked-up on my lunch break and made back in the office. As an artist, I am interested in how this practical necessity feeds into the perception of what constitutes interdisciplinary practice and female art;  if the price of my artwork rises to reflect my status as a contemporary artist, it will be in direct contrast to the diminishing value of the invisible secretary who made them.   

To be oblique and inaccessible in this conceptual realm is pointless; my use of nostalgic triggers, playful miniature scale, digital platforms, found objects and natural materials are a conduit to the philosophy that art empowers, sustains and rewards, providing a profundity of endeavour and a curiosity equal to all. 

 

Martha Haversham

Still Life with Bark, Feathers and Paint Brushes 2018

Poodlepods: a Pointless Office-Orientated Dynamic Learning Environment 2016

Palitoy Pippa doll photo story published on Instagram alongside Powerpoint eLearning videos on YouTube.

2016 - Present

I show my work largely digitally.  Latest work can be viewed interactively on my daily Instagram gallery @smallditch. 

Exhibitions 2007 - 2015

2015 Priseman Seabrook Collection of 21st Century British Painting, Swindon Art Gallery 01.01.15 - 30.04.15

2014 Solo Show, Rayleigh Windmill, Rochford, Essex 23.07.14 - 25.07.14

2014 East Anglia Artists,The East Contemporary Art Collection, Waterside Gallery, Ipswich 26.11.13 - 31.01.14

2013 Solo Show, New Hall Art Collection, University of Cambridge 18.11.13 - 20.12.13  

2013 Smallditch, London - installation November 2013 

2013 Sculpture, Sand and Sea, Walton Sculpture Trail, Essex 31.08.2013 

2013 Artist in Residence, Holocaust Memorial Week, Human Rights Centre, Essex 21.01.13 - 26.01.13 

2010 East London Design Show, Shoreditch, London, 02.12. - 05.12.2010 

2010 Kunstbehandlung - Metamorphosen, Müllerstrasse 40, Munich10.2010 - 20.11.2010 

2010 Clerkenwell Design Week 25.05.10 - 27.05.10 

2010 Outside World Gallery, Redchurch St, London Design Festival 18.09. - 26.09.2010 

2010 London Design Festival, 60 Frith Street, London 

2010 Kunstbehandlung 'London Calling'Müllerstrasse 40, Munich 17.06. - 26.07.2010 

2010 London Festival of Architecture 19.06. - 4.07.2010 

2009 Solo show, Greenwich Picture House, London 

2009 Naze Tower Art Gallery, Walton, Essex 

2008 National Army Museum, Chelsea, London (unfinished)

2008 Alma Street Gallery, Wivenhoe 

2007 Life Gallery, Colchester 

Public Collections: 

East Contemporary Art, Waterside Gallery, Ipswich 

Collection of Contemporary British Painting and Photography, Swindon Art Gallery, UK.

 

Mrs Haversham
2010 - present
2010 - present

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