Insert Yourself

Dale, Nicola ORCID logoORCID: (2022) Insert Yourself. [Show/Exhibition]


The output is a solo exhibition by Dale titled ‘Insert Yourself’. The exhibition is comprised of a series of freestanding and wall-based sculptures, with an accompanying soundtrack composed by Jia Lee. Research Process: The sculptures act as standalone works, but also have the capacity to be activated by the physical interaction of the audience (under the artist’s instruction). They are thus both sculptures and performative objects. Recalling either specific body parts, or poses, or built to the proportions of the human body, the works present openings and positions through which a body, or part of a body, might enter. They are constructed of lightweight materials to be malleable, like the body itself. Research Insights: The artworks surprise and provoke. They are serious and playful. Hovering between abstraction and figuration they reflect the artist’s concerns around ‘objecthood’ – what it is to be a ‘thing’ in a world increasingly turning to digital immateriality. The presentation of the works as 3 dimensional drawings allows for volume to be added via the audience, so that they take on both ‘full’ and ‘empty’ aspects. The use of music in the public presentation underlines the works’ moods (warm, pensive, amused, unsure) and allows the audience to establish a working rhythm. Dissemination: The exhibition was open to the public at PINK, Manchester from 5-31 May 2022. It was supported by a series of performative tours for the general public, as well as specialist audiences (including learning disabled students via Venture Arts, Manchester); ‘We Are Sculpture’ workshops for 7-11 year olds, and a live set by Jia Lee presented within the exhibition itself.

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