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.
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/.
Vida Bop opens on Friday the 25th Of September from 7- 9pm until Friday the 2nd of October in Peña.
The Pester sisters are skipping off to Saint Louis, Senegal, West Africa in February 2015 to partake in a 6 week residency at Waaw Centre for Art and Design.
During this time they will work together as artists for the first time (and hopefully not strangle each other) whilst also working collectively with local Senegalese children to explore ideas of siblinghood relating to play, memory, instinct, co-dependency and intuitive learning.
They want to unpeel the hard skin of their westernised selves and plunge into West Africa’s pool of raw, rhythmic and ritualistic tradition. They are enticed by the idea of “re-socialising” the body and mind through playful creative endeavour, engaging with the ancient forms and rhythms of the local people and the surrounding nature.
This project is all about the significance of play and learning how to play again, playing again as sisters, in sync, with the sweet gay abandon and selfless devotion of a child! They will reflect on their own art practices and use play as a tool to communicate, share and exchange ideas with the local people.
Many of the basic arts and crafts materials we want to use are not readily available in Saint Louis and we are asking you to help raise funds to cover the costs of buying a selection of these materials to gift to the local children’s groups we will be working with.This provision will allow the groups to create bright and bold artwork from shiney new materials they may never have seen or had the opportunity to use before and they can continue to make use of after the Senegalized Pester sisters fly back to Scotland.
The funds raised will cover the purchase,transportation and postal costs of art and craft materials, as well as facilitation costs of some fun filled workshops with local children. The funds will also go towards workshop training in Sabar dance, Djembe drumming, and textile printing with local Senegalese tutors throughout the project , HURRAH!