4SERIES 12/2 DEVON FORRESTER-JONES - FINE ART

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Tell us about yourself, your medium and the main focus of your practise?

As an artist my focus is on interpersonal relationships, our sense of identity -how we narrate snd shape our interaction with the world - and what it means to know something. I use writing and conversation in my practice, and mostly test out these ideas in live works, through performances, live or interactive pieces.

 

 

 

What have you been doing since graduation - where could we have seen your work, what projects have you been working on and how are you finding life as a grad?

Since graduation you could have seen my work in various places: I've exhibited in The Trophy Room, Liverpool, a live performance where I imagine the lives of strangers, based on an item of their choosing, and Scaffold Gallery's Great Unanswered Questions project, where I presented an ongoing work. This work, Inside, is a text map attempting to make a record of everything I know. I'm also running a project space called Surtsey Projects in Liverpool alongside artists Lily Mellor and Laura Rushton, which gives local artists a space for play and risk, through collaboration. Life since graduating has been busy, having worked as a mediator for the Liverpool Biennial in the summer and having six exhibitions since leaving university. Trying to maintain a critical practice has also been difficult. But it's been fun adapting to a new method of working and I have found a lot of freedom since leaving the institution.

 

 

 

What's next, what've you got in the pipeline, what new things are you working on?

I'm continuing to work on Inside, which I can see taking a very long time to feel complete. In January I am going to Iceland for a month long residency. I will also be exhibiting at Blip Blip Blip in Leeds in January, as part of the exhibition X, a celebration of some of the emerging graduates of 2016. I'm also doing an ongoing project where I can only whisper when at exhibition openings, and am excited to see how this unfolds in 2017. Mainly I want to keep up the momentum and make sure my practice is able to take bigger risks now I'm free from university!

 

 

CHECK OUT MORE OF DEVONS WORK www.devonforrester.net

INTERVIEW by HANNAH SMITH