Alive with pleasure – an exhibition @ Dysfunction gallery, Strathaven , Scotland
7th – 31st of October 2016.
Greer Pester is a Scottish visual artist and creative workshop facilitator who lives between Glasgow and Mexico City.She graduated from Edinburgh College Of Art in 2010 and has participated in residencies and exhibitions in Hungary, USA , Senegal and Mexico.
This body of work was developed during her most recent time in Mexico: October 2015 – August 2016, during which time she has been working with First Food Residency to develop a creative and educational outreach program focusing on ‘future’ and native foods from Mexico. Whilst carrying out research there around food culture, folklore and history, she found ties to motifs in her own artistic practice.
‘Alive with pleasure’ looks at the innate elements of life which make us feel most human. A colourful observation of the raw, fleshy and juicy areas of life that feed the soul.Through symbology around food, Greer examines sexuality, intimacy, fertility and taste.
She uses paper-cut designs and collage pinned on foam card and cork interlaced with hand painted visuals, tactile media and text to convey some grander musings on how we connect to our more essential human state.
You can follow her projects here :
FB page : Greer Pester Arts
Website : http://www.greerpester.com
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Here are some paper cut 3D collages I have been working on whilst in DF.I am thoroughly enjoying paper as a 3D element ,the paper pieces are pinned to foamcard or cork backdrops to add multidimensional layers.The themes I am exploring tie into my first food outreach project ; themes of food , taste, aesthetics ,fertility ,sexuality ,intimacy and closer contact to those parts of life that make us feel more human and closer to nature.
Born in Glasgow, Greer Pester is a visual and social artist who has worked extensively in various community projects both locally and worldwide. Following her graduation in 2010 from Drawing and Painting at Edinburgh College of Art, she undertook a cultural exchange project in Mexico. During this time, Greer experienced the traditional Mexican holiday Dias de los muerto which enabled her to explore Mexican attitudes towards death. The Day of the Dead embraces and celebrates death with family members coming together to remember the passing of loved ones, a stark contrast to the taboo-like-attitude that surrounds death in a Britain. Since her trip to Mexico in 2012, Greer has travelled with her art to Senegal and most recently, St Louis. Collaborating with her sister and fellow artist, Ruby Pester, the duo worked in the artist residential space La maision WAAW on a project examining Play and Siblinghood.
On Friday 25th September, Greer will open a week-long exhibition at Peña. We decided to find out more about her practice and what Vida Bop will entail.
“My work examines and aestheticizes the accumulation of influence in the working process of an artist; taking a 21st century, romantic approach to aspects and contrasts of modern day society. I use recycled material, vintage papers and imagery, colour and patterns with intricate drawing and painting to create graphic landscapes enveloping a pastiche of historical trends and cultural roots.”
“In addition to my own work, I am also part a new collective called BOLT. The group unites Scottish artists and arts producers to explore and develop shared practices. It is a place for disciplines to converge and collide, resulting in an energized space for collaborative and engaging art experiences. BOLT aims to find ways of nurturing and connecting with others in the midst of a global, and often isolating society, with efforts to re-invigorate the innate traits that make us feel human and help us to relate to others.”
“For my forthcoming exhibition, ‘Vida Bop’ -(‘Life’ (Spanish) ‘Head'(Wolof)), I will be showing a collection of smaller to larger works, made and inspired from my adventures in Mexico and Senegal. The pieces cover a broad and colourful spread of mediums: from screen printing to intricate polymer clay models, drawing, painting and collage. There will also be some of my hand-painted art jewellery on display, which is an extension of the work I do under the name Archipelaglasgo.”
All the works on display will be for sale with the money that is raised being regenerated into Greer’s next artistic adventure which will see her return to Oaxaca and Mexico City. Here, she intends to design a creative educational outreach package which will raise awareness around food sustainability with First Foods residency. In 2016 she will continue her research around different socially engaged artistic practices in a variety of cultural contexts and will examine developing and established sites in other cities in the Americas. You can follow her adventures and discoveries on her tumblr – http://greerpiensa.tumblr.com/.
For more information on Greer’s work visit her website – https://greerpester.com/