This year, two Outside In artists will be taking part in Anxiety Festival 2014. The exhibition; entitled 'The Dizziness of Freedom', will run from 26 June – 13 July 2014, and features the work of Tess Springall and David Bradley.
The group exhibition will explore the notion of choice in a contemporary society defined by consumerism, an excess of information and endless possibilities. Bringing philosopher Søren Kierkegaard’s Concept of Anxiety to present times, the artists approach choice as an act of freedom as well as an ever-present strain.
Through installation, sculpture, film, performance, painting and photography, the works hint at moments of decision-making – both in artistic processes and daily life – often infused with feelings of aspiration, self-consciousness and playfulness.
Springall worked as a potter at Amberley Chalkpits Museum and as a silversmith at R.L.S Silversmiths before studying for a National Diploma in Graphic Design and Illustration at Northbrook College. This paved the way for a Degree at Portsmouth University, from which Springall graduated in 2001. Amongst Springall’s diverse oeuvre are 3D models based on her experience of being sectioned. Of her piece in the show, ‘Bust with two objects for company,’ she says: “I had been to a clay workshop at Pallant House Gallery with Ben Barker. It inspired me to get some clay and make this piece. I love working with clay.”
Inspired by people, situations, everyday things in life, and frustrations, Bradley started making art when he was experiencing a difficult period in his life. Predominantly portraits representing different emotions, Bradley’s faces take influence from his own feelings; past and present. Bradley creates his work at Project Ability; a Glasgow-based visual arts organisation that creates opportunities for people with disabilities and mental health issues.
Bradley says of the creative process: “It makes me feel as if I have accomplished something. I feel a bit of peace inside. It takes my mind off of other things and I feel like I am getting rid of something within. These feelings are always there but it’s about digging and getting them out. I am still getting those feelings, it is OK to accept them, and it makes me feel good as well.”
You can also see a Q&A with David Bradley here
Image: David Bradley, Suit