Our Standpoint Futures resident Beth Emily Richards has moved into Studio4 for six weeks of mentoring and making.
Beth is an artist and researcher based in Plymouth. Her work investigates contemporary mythmaking, often exploring popular culture and its associated idiosyncratic subcultures. Frequently the work seeks to complicate macho narratives by re-performing them in ways that use absurdism and failure to undermine dominant histories.
Past works have engaged with personae such as Harry Houdini, Robert Falcon Scott, Francis Drake, Arnold Schwarzenegger and William ‘Buffalo Bill’ Cody; as well as with social trends such as ‘tombstoning’ (teenagers jumping off cliffs into the sea), Mexican telenovelas, ‘80s-‘90s action films, roller derby girls, Western movies, scouting, and motivational speaking.
Working with others is central to Beth’s practice, which frequently involves collaborating with location-based or interest-based communities. During her time at Standpoint Futures she will be consolidating and expanding upon a group of occult enthusiasts and experts with whom she has been attending workshops responding to the life and work of Ithell Colquhoun, a surrealist artist, writer and occultist who worked in Cornwall in the mid-twentieth century.
Beth’s new body of work not only responds to Colquhoun’s creative output and divinatory practices, but to the experience of working with a diverse group of artists, writers and magical practitioners, and forming a temporary community with them. More info at www.bethemilyrichards.com. Image from Ancient Scent project, 2017.
Standpoint Futures visual art development residencies are for emerging/mid-career artists, based outside Greater London. They are designed to be flexible and responsive to the project, needs and desired outcomes of individual participants.
The residency’s chief aims are to provide high quality, individualised opportunities to develop the artist’s practice and career, and to promote the exchange of ideas between London and the wider UK art world.
Standpoint Futures is run in partnership and hosted with Chisenhale Studios with support from Arts Council England, Arts Council Wales and the Fenton Arts Trust. http://www.standpointlondon.co.uk/residencies