Olivia Aggett – Uncanny residency 2016

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Olivia Aggett was selected to be our first artist in residence in 2016 after graduating from Falmouth University with a BA in Drawing. She spent a month and a half drawing on the walls and wallpaper of one of our rooms. This was in the run up to our first Plymouth Art Weekender show ‘Uncanny World of Interiors’, where the piece was shown. Olivia’s work plays with the idea of the temporary – she created this piece with the foresight that it would be removed after showing. Her work is drawn straight onto surfaces with no pencil outline or safety net, this means that she has no room for error – as pen cannot be erased, and the canvas cannot be replaced. This led to a meticulous piece. The people that were drawn onto the grey wall were taken from images within London and Plymouth, they were the urban. The people on the wallpaper were taken from the Eden Project, these were hiding among the plants of the wallpaper’s design.

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