HAYLEY TOMPKINS AT PALAZZO PISANI, SCOTLAND+VENICE 2013
‘Digital Light Pool (Orange)’, 2013 (Acrylic on plastic trays, stock photographs, wooden boxes, glass, plastic bottles, watercolour)
‘Digital Light Pool (Stone)’, 2013 Acrylic on plastic trays, stock photographs, wooden boxes, glass, plastic bottles, watercolour)
‘Stick’, 2013 (Acrylic paint on found object)
Hayley Tompkins creates delicately painted objects from commonplace things - such as knives, hammers, mobile phones or furniture. In defamiliarising the original object, her work articulates the relationship between the form, feel and function of an object. In sharp contrast with the conventional display of painting,
Tompkins’ new works for Scotland + Venice 2013 are almost entirely floor-based. Boxed photographic prints of images found online are juxtaposed with water bottles and ready-made plastic trays containing evaporating pigment. ‘Digital Light Pool (Orange)’ and ‘Digital Light Pool (Stone)’ are full of painterly plays on colour, tone, texture and composition.
Tompkins says: ‘I remind myself how immersed within life the activity of making something can be. It’s not an interruption within life, it comes from it, so any subject has to feel close, like-life. It’s about seeing, choosing, mixing, stirring, pouring, laying, selecting, turning, putting.
Outset Scotland supported the commission of new work by the three artists featured in Scotland’s national presentation at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013, curated by The Common Guild. Scotland + Venice is a partnership between Creative Scotland, British Council Scotland and the National Galleries of Scotland.
The work will return to The Common Guild in Glasgow in 2014.