Rhian Sullivan

Rhian Sullivan

My practice has been sculpture based for nearly four years, using natural forms like coral as inspiration as opposed to narratives. I found this is the most productive way for me to work and it creates the most enjoyable and exciting work with regards to methods and experimentation. Since starting university I have begun to experiment with colour in a 2D area of my work, using print to respond to the texture I’m looking at or the 3D imitations I have created. Most recently I have started using ceramics. It started as experimentation but has become the main material of my practice.

Latest Posts

02.07.2017 / Giardini - British Pavilion  →

I wasn’t extremely excited about Phyllida Barlow’s exhibition some of this was due to a frustration at the Interview that the BBC aired following her announcement as GBs artist. The interview seemed more like a fan gushing and a lot of questions surrounding mother hood as opposed addressing her taking having the recognition from her nomination for this global event. The works scale was amazing, someone I had discussed it with, prior to viewing, likened the initial Pillars that you see to the pillars at the Luxor Temple.... viewing it myself I completely understood. The bulbous forms was like the bellied pillars and the scale was so close. What I really enjoyed and think I see in my practice is a pride around the materials. The way the build was on show and there being no secrecy in the creation. Its open and accessible, you have the opportunity to decipher how its grown. 

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30.06.2017 / Giardini - German Pavilion   →

This was something I had seen reviewed and was very much excited to see. I was lucky that the performance were extended the week I chose to do Giardini. The performance ran from 10:30-2pm, by the end I was exhausted but the performance was inexplicable. Diversion was used for opportunities to prepare other areas, the expectation of people following her like was used, the audience were moving around the performers, some calmly others running desperately trying to get out of the way.  There was a mannequin like nature to the performers. They stood inanimate at times, coupled with their model like appearances they seemed distant though whether it was in an untouchable or disenchanted way, that changed though the performance depending upon their stance and the stature it created.   

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29.06.2017 / Arsenale - Favourite Piece  →

The Piece in the arsenal  that I got really excited about, and found myself actively seeking information,  were those where there was an Ambiguity to the Material. Pieces such as 'Future Fossil Spaces’ (2017) by Julian Charriere. These towers at a distance were reminiscent of rock the line of colour looking like sediment layers. His work centers around unreliable/inconsistent techniques resulting in performance, installation, film or photography. The ideas that progressed around this work consider the landscapes we will his coupled with the idea of them being found in the future; would the be considered natural formations that had been cultivated by humans or would they be viewed as entirely man made or as natural occurrences.  

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23.06.2017 / Palazzo Fortuny – Intuition  →

I am totally on the band wagon and recommending. Entry 10/12 euros depending on whether your a student or not. This was a recommendation that all of us have taken note of. However its set the bar pretty high for the rest of my stay as I did it on my first day off. It was a constant juxtaposition, particularly on the first floor. Contemporary rooms and pieces right next old statues or interwoven to sit in traditional room as though they belong there. The other floors are quite open and far more gallery like. They have work spanning movements and styles flowing together. There are also large sofas on the upper floors with copies of the shows book available to read. The long running video works had some of the comfiest chair I’ve ever seen on offer for a video piece.... just thought I’d throw that in there.  Images: Anish Kapoor - 'White Dark VIII' 2000 Kimsooja - 'Archive of Mind' 2017  

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06.06.2017 / My Thoughts around my personal practice/project leading up to Venice  →

In less than a week I will be in Venice. I have recently finished my degree and I'm considering whether or not that was a finalisation of an Idea- but not an approach and now I wait to see what Venice will trigger.  

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Project

My initial ideas have been considering print as the main means of my personal project; it is my chosen method for exploring colour. Maybe Venice will trigger me to create some colourful 3D work. Though I think I will have to see which better suits the experience. I’m looking forward to seeing an extremely immersive arts event. Seeing how a city behaves with such an expanse of art venues and a huge audience. I am also excited to see what I find interesting once I arrive and realising what holds my interest for the duration of the stay. This may become involved in the response I create from the visit though I haven’t been to Venice before so gauging this is difficult.