Programme ➔ Thomas Street Programme (2003-) ➔ Artist Residency ➔ Breathe Residency, (2003-2013)
2008 Oct 03 (is beginning date)
2008 Dec 22 (has end date)
Philippa Hadley Choy was a British Chinese artist who developed sculptural works using plaster exploring the historical concerns of mythology and spectacle.
During her residency the sculptor worked upon a new series of works exploring the pure ideas of sculpture inspired by the works of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Chinese mythology, and her own cultural identity as a child of a Chinese mother and a English father.
The artist developed 2D works using designs etched into coloured blocks of plaster. The designs, inspired by Bernini's rendering of draping fabric, omitted the human figure and embrace the pure sculptural form.
She also created plaster casts of feet, a body part the artist connected to her cultural heritage. The feet represented being connected with our surroundings and her experience growing up in the UK: feeling uncomfortable with parts of her physiognomy, surrounded by Western bodies, until she went to China and began to identify them as part of her cultural heritage. The casts were combined with excess plaster to create large free standing works which further explored pure sculptural forms.
The final works were presented in an open studio held between 18th -22 October.