Photoworks and HOUSE Festival commission Young Masters artist Felicity Hammond to create an installation showing in Brighton during May 2016
To create her work Show Room: The Language of Living, Felicity has researched the simulated domestic settings and constructed worlds of the ‘renders’ that illustrate architects’ proposals by posing as a luxury property-buyer.
Hammond photographs these digitally manipulated images from property developers’ billboards and glossy brochures and prints them directly onto mouldable acrylic sheets. The artist then contorts these into beautifully crafted sculptural objects. Using these photo-sculptures she turns virtual worlds into a visually curious physical space.
Hovering between the real and imagined, Hammond says, this environment “sits somewhere between the archaic and futuristic, between luxury and decay.”
Conceived in 2008 by Directors Judy Stevens and Chris Lord, HOUSE is a curated, contemporary visual arts strand in Brighton & Hove, running at the same time as Brighton Festival, and in part a response to the limited space in the city for presenting contemporary art. Celia Davies, Director of Photoworks, is the HOUSE Festival Curator.
Each year HOUSE commissions an internationally regarded Invited Artist and selects from Open Submission, the work of critically engaged artists based in south-east England. This year’s Invited Artist is Gillian Wearing.
● Felicity Hammond (b 1988, UK) received a Masters degree from the Royal College of Art in 2014. Winner of the 2016 British Journal of Photography International Photography Award, she has been a finalist and nominee for numerous other awards including Magnum and Photo London Inaugural Photographer Award2015 nominee, Saatchi New Sensations 2014 finalist and Metro Imaging Printing Award 2014. Her work had been exhibited widely and most recently with South Kiosk Gallery at Unseen, Amsterdam 2015; Saatchi Gallery, London 2015; The Lowry, Manchester 2015. felicityhammond.com
Felicity Hammond’s work was exhibited side by side with the original Brueghal painting at Sphinx Fine Art in the exhibition ‘Young Masters: Dialogues’ in October 2015, curated by Daisy McMullan.