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Featured Artist of the Month Tina Reid

TinaReid-SelfPortrait-2015Tina Reid is in her fourth year as a Fellow with Digswell Arts at The Farmhouse, Stevenage.

1. How would you describe your current practice (e.g. materials, techniques, themes, key questions, approach)?

My art practice mainly consists of 2D work on canvas and paper, but I also make sculpture. At the moment I am mainly interested in the human form. I have gone back to making body tracings. I’m interested in what it means to be a woman in the world and how society perceives us. By exploring ancient and modern images of woman, I aim to explore my own experience of being in the world as a woman today.

2. What are you working on at the moment (forthcoming exhibitions, events, workshops etc)?

In July, I am in a group show with the fellows from the farmhouse. The idea is to explore how all the diverse work in the studio would interact in a show together and create conversations anew.

3. What are your plans for the coming year?

As this will be my last year with Digswell Arts, Firstly, I plan to use my studio as much as possible. My main goal will be to get gallery representation and a stronger online presence.

4. What is the question you get asked most about your work and how do you answer it?

Have you sold anything? I have sold the odd piece. Do you want to buy something?

5. What or who inspired you to be an artist and why?

I can’t really answer that. Many small things. Lot’s of great artists. A few amazing teachers. The way I think. It would take too long.

6. Which artist do you most admire and why?

Odilon Redon is the latest artist that I really love. He was a French symbolist. His work has a dreamy surreal quality and some of his drawings of spiders with human faces make me chuckle. But it changes all the time. Usually the last artist I’ve discovered.

7. How has your relationship with Digswell Arts Trust strengthened your practice as an artist?

I feel that I have developed a more professional outlook on being an artist. Having a studio , a place of work helps to promote a more serious attitude to my job as an artist. My network of fellow artist has increased and I have created some strong bonds with other artists. The more support you have in the art world the better. Being an artist can be a lonely business.

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