David Shrigley, the Glasgow-based artist whose comical observations of life and its quirks, is a defining member of the 21st century art world.
Educated at Glasgow School of Art, alongside Kenny Hunter, Programme Director of Sculpture here at ECA, Shrigley and Hunter maintained their friendship after college and now work alongside each other at Edinburgh’s Powderhall Bronze foundry. So when David was forming an idea for the Folkestone Triennial to collaborate with an emerging sculptor, Kenny was the person to turn to.
Kenny described how after hearing about the project, which involved reproducing a lamppost from memory, Camille immediately came to mind. A fourth year student on the MA (Hons) Fine Art programme (a joint honours degree between Art and History of Art), Camille has been taught by academics across both subject areas. With four years of learning behind her, she's got a real breadth of practice-based experience as well as contextual grounding - without the added pressure of an impending degree show (that comes next year!).
In a practical sense too, Camille proved to be a great match for the project. Often working with clay in her own work, she was familiar with the medium; furthermore, her interests conceptually aligned well. Throughout her time at ECA, Camille has been concerned with authenticity and reproducing art, issues which Kenny expresses, are imperative to address.
So Camille and David travelled to Folkestone, with little explanation but plenty of exhilaration. The idea was for Camille to observe a row of lampposts along the promenade for 30 seconds before drawing what she had retained from memory. “That was actually really hard, after just seconds I could remember hardly anything!” She observed for another 30 seconds, before sketching some more. That was the extent of the project research, as from there they headed to Shrigley’s Brighton studio to create scale drawings for the sculpture. The drawings were sent to Powderhall in Edinburgh where they created the armature (frame) for Camille to begin working on, layering newspaper and clay to build up the sculpture.