Organic Matters

English artist Hermione Allsopp and her work “Organic Matters” in Contextile biennial, Guimaraes. Photo by Berta Tilmantaitė / Nanook

Emerging artist: Hermione Allsopp (UK)
Residency place: Ideias Emergentes (Guimaraes, Portugal)
Practice: Installation, sculpture
Curated by: Claudia Melo

English artist Hermione Allsopp and her work “Organic Matters” in Contextile biennial, Guimaraes. Photo by Berta Tilmantaitė / Nanook

Hermione´s practice as an artist / sculptor is related to the exploration of materials and concepts that are often developed through the process of making and unmaking.

English artist Hermione Allsopp and her work “Organic Matters” in Contextile biennial, Guimaraes. Photo by Berta Tilmantaitė / Nanook

She typically used objects and materials that have been pre-loved/used and therefore carry collective social meaning or memory.

English artist Hermione Allsopp and her work “Organic Matters” in Contextile biennial, Guimaraes. Photo by Berta Tilmantaitė / Nanook

The project called Organic Matters – is intended to reflect the evolving processes of work, communication, and research during the residency, which, she created through an organic process of engagement with the territory, community, and tradition of Guimarães.

English artist Hermione Allsopp and her work “Organic Matters” in Contextile biennial, Guimaraes. Photo by Berta Tilmantaitė / Nanook

The matter reflects the materiality of her artistic processes, as she typically thinks through engagement with physical objects and substances.

English artist Hermione Allsopp and her work “Organic Matters” in Contextile biennial, Guimaraes. Photo by Berta Tilmantaitė / Nanook

It also suggests the physical production and structure of textiles, which, itself, mirrors the interweaving threads of communication in the historic custom of communal washing in concrete tanks and the everyday matters that arise.

English artist Hermione Allsopp and her work “Organic Matters” in Contextile biennial, Guimaraes. Photo by Berta Tilmantaitė / Nanook

Author of the text: Claudia Melo

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