Felicity Hammond

MA work

Restore to Factory Settings

Blue is the colour of the screen when it is unable to transmit information; it is a miscommunication, an error report, a simulation or substitution. It is the print of future planning yet it is also failure, already redundant. The colour blue is corrupted, duplicitous, and houses a dual space; it is the colour of allegory.

Restore to Factory Settings refers to this paradoxical reading of blue, where the urban landscape has been dismembered, whilst at the same time has gone through a process of careful reconstruction.  It explores the interplay between the past and the present to imagine future potentialities, exploring dystopian visions through engaging in the complexity of restoration, longing, and homesickness. The unattainability of the past is engulfed by the materiality of the structure of the ruin, where human intervention appears to have been reabsorbed into the landscape. This work stands for both progression and error, and its relationship with natural temporality.

Monument to the Curiosity Zone uses the material language of regeneration to question this progression, and highlight the structure of future ruins.

Info

  • felicityhammond
  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Fine Art

    Programme

    MA Photography, 2014

  • Themes of allegory, mourning and loss are at the centre of my practice, which uses the transitional urban landscape and obsolete technologies as a backdrop. My photographic collages refer to a forgotten industry; industrial relics which become urban follies, lying precariously between construction and deconstruction, archaic and futuristic. The notion of allegory appears in my work where it lays beyond the realms of the political, existing also as a platform for mourning. Representations of the city have been dismembered whilst at the same time they have been carefully reconstructed through my photographic process, enabling a connection with an otherwise unobtainable past. Thus, I am engaging with the allegorical impulse of the photograph; the portal which is provided by the medium.   

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Fine Art Photography, University of Gloucestershire, 2011
  • Experience

  • Art education roles, Whitechapel Gallery, National Maritime Museum, Pitzhanger Manor, Adobe Youth Voices, London, 2011-present; Artist talks at University of Gloucestershire and University of Brighton, 2013-14; Visiting lecturer, University of Gloucestershire, 2014; Lecturer in Art and Design, Richmond Upon Thames College, London, 2012-13; Lecturer in Art and Design, Westminster Kingsway College, London 2011-12
  • Exhibitions

  • RCA Secret, Dyson Gallery, Roysl College of Art, London, 2014; Photo Off Salon, La Bellvilloise, Paris, 2013; Splinter Fair, Michael Hoppen Gallery, London, 2013; Open Studios, Cite Internationale Des Artes, Paris, 2013; Made In Bow, Nunnery Gallery, London, 2013; RCA Secret, Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Art, 2013; BYT (solo show), Westland Place Studios, London, 2012; The Other Art Fair, Ambika P3, London, 2012; PWP International Open Call Exhibition, NO Gallery, New York, 2012; Tower Hamlets Spring Open, Mile End Art Pavilion, London, 2012; Altered Reality, Calumet Photo Gallery, New York, 2011; AOP Awards, AOP Gallery, London, 2011
  • Awards

  • Artist in residence, Default 13: On Art, Cities, and Regeneration’, Ramdom (Italy) in collaboration with Gasworks (UK) and curated by Arthub Asia (China), Lecce, Italy, 2013; Royal College of Art Summer Residency at Cite des Artes International, Paris, 2013 ; Artist in residence, Bow Arts ‘Made in Bow’ Heritage Lottery Funded , Nunnery Gallery, London, 2013; ‘Flint House’ commission, Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire, UK, 2013; First Prize, PWP 36th International Open Call Competition, (Composites), New York, 2012; Shortlisted, AOP Student Awards, AOP Gallery, London, 2011; Lyn Chadwick Study Bursary, Italy, 2011
  • Publications

  • Oliver Richon, Rut Blees Luxemburg, Science and Fiction, Black Dog Publishing, 2013