The Nine


Vessel [Fettered to Form]_2014_manequin, chrome chain, compost_SarahLundy

Sarah Lundy – Vessel [Fettered to Form], 2014

Nine artists.

Four years of making, thinking and dialogue.

Countless questions.

Different methods.

Diverse practices.

Multiple interpretations.

A conclusion and a beginning.

The conversation continues.

 The inaugural graduating show by students studying on MA Fine Art at the Open College of the Arts



Artists showing their work are:

Alexa Cox

Alexa Cox is an Oxford based artist who gained a first class honours degree in Fine Art from Loughborough University in 2006. Her practice includes working with oil and acrylic paint, drawing, printmaking, photography and books to explore narrative themes.

She has regularly exhibited in Bucks Open Studios as part of the Old Factory Studios group. Recent works include the Falling series (2013), Fight Me, Bite Me (2014), [180x180cm, oil on canvas] and Come (With Me) (2014), [180x152cm, oil on canvas]. She is currently working on a series of pieces entitled Trace Dance, which explore the relationship between the figure, line and space, the role of drawing and the artist as storyteller.

Alexa is Head of Art at an Oxfordshire secondary school. She has worked with local primary schools and community groups to develop arts opportunities in the local area.

Amelia Wilson

I am an artist based in Cambridgeshire and my practice is concerned with the documentation of everyday life through the exploration of colour: its emotional impact; the jewel-like hidden in the mundane and the effect of adjacent hues on perception. My work uses a variety of mediums: current work focuses on painting and electronic images, but has previously included moving images and textiles.
I am currently working on a series of pieces derived from a colour diary compiled from emotions and experiences – highly influenced by my career as a graphic designer

Clare Parfree

Clare Parfree is a London based artist. Her practice uses drawing of fragments and elements to investigate the spaces and intersections between humans, animals, landscape and mythology. She has shown work at the Barbican Artworks Open and Daumenkino-thumbcinema. Recent works include here, just here (pencil, watercolour and ink on tracing paper) and untitled tree (pencil, watercolour and ink on paper). She is currently working on Grey Area with James Thurgill, a London-based researcher, which seeks to explore the folkloric landscape of wyrd England through artistic engagement, landscape anthropology, and site-writing.

Eleanor MacFarlane

I am an artist making and exhibiting moving image and art contraptions. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, and currently living and working in London, I originally trained in classical music. Using video, photography, drawing, and low-tech construction, my work distils abstract and scientific notions into aesthetic insights. My moving images pieces tend to run for an hour and take about a year to make – durational work means I get to fully immerse myself in each set of ideas and imagery. I run theViewergallery pop-up for artist projects and moving image screenings. I mentor and tutor, and also review and write about books, exhibitions and culture.

James Kowacz

James Kowacz lives and works in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. His practice is about the idiosyncrasies of the British tourist destination. He represents them by remixing and reinterpreting clips recorded in the mobile phone app, Vine.  His recent works have included video work ‘Introducing Britain (2013)’ shown at The ArtHouse Wakefield and a series of APS photographs shown at The Surface Gallery in Nottingham. He is currently working on a series of video works based on the tourist destinations of St. Katherine’s Dock, London and Monk Bretton Priory in Barnsley, where comments sourced from social media websites like Trip Advisor are used to draw on the humour of the British public.

Jennifer Mawby

Mawby lives and work in Vancouver, Canada and engages the forms and concerns of painting, photography and film in a multi-disciplinary practice. She creates experimental film installations that deconstruct a narrative by means of individual character studies. As narratives, these portraits reveal the psychological landscape of the character — the space that lies between the character’s inner dialogue and motivation and any implied external story arc. Jennifer received her BA Classical Studies from the University of British Columbia, and studied at Emily Carr University of Art and Design also in Vancouver. She is currently an MA Fine Art candidate through OCA in the UK. Jennifer’s work has been published and shown in Canada, the US and the UK.

Joanne Keeley

Sarah Lundy

Sarah Lundy is an Irish multimedia artist and curator. Her practice looks at systems and spaces. Through the use of moving image, assemblage of quotidian objects and ephemeral performance materials, the works endeavour to negotiate provocative arrangement and question autonomy in the face of innate and applied homogenization. The aesthetic is post-minimalist with a focus on eloquent paradoxes of form and function, and their relationship to identity, with frequent reference to the feminine perspective. Recent exhibitions include solo show WormWorm[minor] at Cork Film Centre Sept/October 2014 and upcoming solo show at Custom House Gallery, Westport, Mayo January 2015.

Simon Gummer

Originally from New Zealand and always to be found with a camera in hand,   I completed a degree in television and video production and gained commercial experience with moving images before returning to university in Bristol, to graduate first class honors with a degree in cultural and media studies. Photography formed an important part of my studies and became more than a way of simply capturing the world but a way of analysing it. I have been teaching photography and media related subjects since 2009.