KATELYN GRANT

 
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Art Practice Statement

"My artwork entails transforming parts of vehicles that are consigned to a scrap heap into eye-catching and often garish re-workings of their primary purposes. This is done in the form of painting, using “craft” materials such as neon vinyl, glitter and other boldly coloured symbolism, showcasing both the necessity for glamour in vehicle representation, but also a distracting and brazen disrespectfulness to quietly dying objects. By removing them from this de-commissioned context, they almost find themselves to be in another life just through the movement of dying itself.

 It also aims to critique personalisation of our transport and questions the value of everyday machines when facing the end of a functional life, as this melancholic iconicism and characterisation acts as a diary affixed to the surface of the vehicle, honing in on this shrine of selective beauty; one that sees past a car’s designated commission. They start to explore time, entropy, ceremony, popular culture and a poetic outlook on obsolescence in every day life."

 
 
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RESEARCH REPORT

Judge In A Feather Boa

 
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ART PRACTICE PORTFOLIO

My research mainly responds to the ways that scheduled obsolescence is a valid part of modern day ecological processes; the breaking-down of common objects in everyday life. I spent a long time investigating attachments and connections to personal items whose materiality is expected to degrade and become useless (or de-commissioned). This idea can be found in many current TV programmes such as Rhythm & Flow (2019) and many docu-series’ such as DJ Mehdi's 2006 music video for Signatune , focusing on car-culture, i.e. the types of people involved, status and emotional investment of personal objects: in my exploratory case, cars. Artists such as Roger Hiorns have given me the confidence to understand that “dominant objects” such as cars are never too obnoxious to work with. I’ve also been actively engaged with themes around entropy; the escalation of chaos in naturally building dis-order; how nature always prevails over clean inferences by the human aesthetic. Due to these endeavours, I highlight the commonly forgotten and present ceremonious ‘stages’ for the objects to have a new lease of life. To balance this, I have been exploring how to interact with their didactic purpose; how to deal with and represent the ecological consequence of cars. The inclusion of Audi was one of the first paths I took when my work naturally gravitated to the mechanical world. I was interested in the company as a whole; their ethos, consistency and manifesto reflecting ecological needs. After a visit to Berlin (where the history of the Auto-Union is still rife within Germany), I was able to form a coherent historical storyline that used to begin abstracting into my work (i.e. how the bold symbol of car logos often have meanings). I played with stretching out the logo to form links, making it my own brand in a way. They represent a rise from the old, taking a new direction and growing again. 

Through the process of both digital and physical drawings & proposals, I have been able to imagine how large objects will be differently placed in the real world without needing to use the substantial labour to place them. My investigations have included the experimentation of materials; casting in plaster and painting on isolated vehicle metal with paints that create the highest, gloss shine, also adding to the more tawdry effect of glitter on metal surfaces; it adds satirical value onto the critique of graffitied high-powered (and well designed) machines. This creates the works exhibitionist value, no longer a functioning part, but a chrysalis of museum-grade resting state.

 
Past Exhibitions
ALT-D Show
Wed, Sep 09
https://www.instagram.com/alt_d.show/
Sep 09, 8:51 PM
https://www.instagram.com/alt_d.show/
The alternative 2020 graduate showcase for, and by, ECA students
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THIS IS TOMORROW CALLING
Sat, Sep 05
Hawick
Sep 05, 7:00 PM
Hawick, Zembla Gallery
"THIS IS TOMORROW CALLING (wishing you were here)" hosted by Zembla Gallery & Alt-D.
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Arts Thread Portfolios
Thu, Jul 23
https://www.artsthread.com/portfolios/judge
Jul 23, 7:00 PM
https://www.artsthread.com/portfolios/judge
THE LAUNCHPAD FOR EMERGING ARTISTS & DESIGNERS BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN EDUCATION & INDUSTRY
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The SHIM Art Network/Artsy Bachelor's Show
Mon, Jul 06
https://www.artsy.net/artist/katelyn-grant
Jul 06, 7:00 PM
https://www.artsy.net/artist/katelyn-grant
Organized by SHIM Art Network with support from The Social Distance Art Project, UK | Hosted by SHIM Art Network
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ECA Degree Show 2020
Fri, Jul 03
https://www.degreeshow.eca.ed.ac.uk/2020/ka
Jul 03, 7:00 PM
https://www.degreeshow.eca.ed.ac.uk/2020/ka
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Pandemic Party
Sat, Mar 28
https://www.instagram.com/p/B-UIOEfj9Z2/
Mar 28, 7:00 PM
https://www.instagram.com/p/B-UIOEfj9Z2/
Collaboration with Maddy Williamson (@that_neo_colourbish)
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“Show Anything Show"
Fri, Mar 20
https://www.pscp.tv/SHIFT_ibpcpa/1dRKZQrkjr
Mar 20, 7:00 PM
https://www.pscp.tv/SHIFT_ibpcpa/1dRKZQrkjr
Curated by Ayshia Taskin [ayshia.co.uk] and (SHIFT: The International Biennale of Performance, Collaborative and Participatory Arts)
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"e-tron"
Tue, Feb 18
Edinburgh Audi
Feb 18, 7:00 PM
Edinburgh Audi, 4 Bankhead Dr, Edinburgh EH11 4EJ, UK
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ECA//IODesign
Thu, Feb 13
10 DESIGN Edinburgh
Feb 13, 7:00 PM
10 DESIGN Edinburgh, 1st Floor, 132 Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 4AH, UK
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"Eclectic Boundaries"
Mon, Oct 21
Edinburgh College of Art
Oct 21, 2019, 7:00 PM
Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh College of Art, 74 Lauriston Pl, Edinburgh EH3 9DF, UK
Part of “We Respect Your Privacy?” [WAS Biennale]. Curated by Ayshia Taskin [ayshia.co.uk]
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"Material Dialogue pt II”
Wed, Feb 27
The Dundas Street Gallery
Feb 27, 2019, 7:00 PM
The Dundas Street Gallery, 6 Dundas St, Edinburgh EH3 6HZ, UK
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“Sensi Presents: Flux”
Mon, Dec 17
The Caves
Dec 17, 2018, 7:00 PM
The Caves, 8-10 Niddry St S, Edinburgh EH1 1NS, UK
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Material Dialogue pt. I
Mon, Dec 10
Lauriston Building
Dec 10, 2018, 7:00 PM
Lauriston Building, Lauriston Pl, Edinburgh EH3 9EN, UK
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"Sensi Presents: Visionary Experiences"
Thu, Jan 18
The Caves
Jan 18, 2018, 7:00 PM
The Caves, 8-10 Niddry St S, Edinburgh EH1 1NS, UK
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"Shed Full of Artists”
Tue, May 02
DOK Artist Space
May 02, 2017, 7:00 PM
DOK Artist Space, The Steel Shed, Ocean Drive, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6JJ, UK
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Katelyn is a Scottish painter who lives and works in Edinburgh and a graduate of the Edinburgh College of Art (2020). Her work has been used and seen in collaborative Biennales and performances as well as in renowned art-spaces that promote inclusivity and utilises themes which touch on important questions around ecological and socio-cultural sustainability.

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