Ruskin Mill College Lantern Festival 2020

I ran workshops for the lantern festival at Ruskin Mill College in December. A beautiful event that lights up the valley around the lakes. Music, drama and hundreds of candles to light the way. 

Floating illuminated sculptures in willow and tissue paper, LED lights.

'Queen Bee' walkabout sculpture
 

Made in collaboration with Freya Morgan for the Shambala festival carnival parade, 2018 and 2019

Willow, fabric, mixed media

Artists' Assistant for Pipilotti Rist
Bruton, Somerset, 2013
Mercy Garden, Pipilotti Rist at Hauser and Wirth Somerset, 2014

In the summer of 2013 I was privileged to work as the artist Pipilotti Rist's assistant. Rist exhibits internationally and is well loved for her large-scale immersive video installations, featuring imagery drenched in colour and exploring themes around nature, the body, gender and sexuality.

 

During her year's sabbatical in Bruton, Somerset, during which time the Hauser and Wirth gallery was opening, I worked with Pipilotti on a number of projects; building installations and shooting new film.

'Mary Up Down' 

Installation in the Durslade Farmhouse, 2013

Glass bottles and found objects excavated on the land from a victorian rubbish dump were hung from copper wire to create a 'chandelier'. We then projected footage shot in the area onto the piece, creating shadows, reflections and immersive colours. 

'Hiplights' (2011)

Installed here at Hauser and Wirth Somerset for the 2013 solo show 'Stay Stamina Stay'

 

250 pairs of underpants sewn onto LED lights which adorned the farmyard like a huge, celebratory washing line.

Footage shot in local Somerset gardens projected for an event in Switzerland

'Pods'
Rhod rural artspace, Melin Glonc, Carmarthenshire, 2011

Installation suspended in the trees. Willow soaked in the stream and woven on site. Born out of an idea to create cocoon-like forms that seem at home in the natural environment. 

Laminated English Ash, carved Oak bases and Willow.

'Windmills' - UWIC Art and Design Degree show 2010

Paper sculpture inspired by the geometry of the earth. Each repeating shape was cut and constructed in proportion according to the Fibonacci sequence. Exploring growth, the natural world, and how certain forms appear balanced to the human eye.

White cartridge paper, clear nylon thread.

© 2016 by Tess Wakeling