Crit 59 @ Stanley Picker Gallery KU, 28 January 2015

Cross College Crit @   The Centre for Useless Splendour (adjacent to The Stanley Picker Gallery) Kingston University


Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture
Kingston University, Knights Park
Kingston upon Thames KT1 2QJ

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This crit brings together student, graduate and self-taught artists from across London.

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Presenters Details

Ella Phillips

Wimbledon College of Art

MFA Fine Art 2nd Year

Statement about your practice

My practice is concerned with perception and how it can be affected by social or cultural influences, habit and sense of agency. I focus on moments that oscillate between the real and the perceived, or the actual and the virtual. Both linguistically and socially, I am interested in drawing out where these moments conflict or collide. I am mapping out a constellation of perceptual possibilities to create a space for critique; providing a tool for deconstructing behavioural moments and perhaps offering new ways of perceiving or being perceived.

I often collate my observations & propositions through video installation. These videos act as mini explorations, or essays that examine the different mechanisms we use to perceive the world. Often collaboration informs the thematic of my research, raising questions about how authorship is perceived, it challenges typical systems of ownership. Interactive artworks and events also feature regularly in my practice. They collude with the agency of the audience in order to exist. These pieces can guide behaviour; however they also offer the chance for their uses to be subverted. In this way, the work becomes an unrehearsed performance of the subject: ‘influence, habit & agency’.

Feedback you are seeking from crit participants and what you’d most like to get out of the crit:

How would they like to see the work developed and expanded?



Mariya Ustymenko

Visual Artist

Statement about your practice

Mariya Ustymenko is a London based visual artist, who uses analogue photography to create work ranging from installation to live performance. Mariya has recently completed her PhD at the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies, University of Essex. She currently working on her personal photobook project titled Fear of Disappearance, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Since 2010 my photographic work has been widely published and exhibited in the United Kingdom as well as abroad.

Feedback you are seeking from crit participants and what you’d most like to get out of the crit:

As I am currently at the research and development stage of my artist book project that explores my personal relation to space and the architectural landscape of London, I would greatly benefit from the participants’ response to the current photographic series, image sequencing decisions, and presented ideas on the artist book production.


Mita Solanky

Visual artist

Statement about your practice

My current work is exploring the lure of the high places on earth, asking why humans risk their lives to stand hundreds of thousands of feet on a rock in thin air, where the most simple act between life and death – that of taking breath, is a challenge.

My work looks at the human relationship with the natural environment. I aim to make work which uses the body in some way, resulting from a physical and sensory experience. In an increasingly technologised and urbanised modern existence, the work is a reaction to the ever decreasing connection we have with the natural world.

In my past career as a scientist, I would observe and analyse the sub-nuclear, knowledge of the internal informed the understanding of the external physical perceived universe. Working with the unknown is a common thread when working as an artist or a scientist.

Feedback you are seeking from crit participants and what you’d most like to get out of the crit:

My current work is looking at the relationships that human cultures have with mountains, after a trek to Everest base camp in the Himalaya two years ago. I would like to present some work in progress and the ideas behind them, I would like to gain some feedback on those ideas. I would also like to get insights on critical theory and ideas surrounding the subject since my knowledge of art history and contemporary practice are still being developed alongside my practice.


Tom Spicer


Statement about your practice

I see what I do as a form of art driven mediation between different states of opposing worlds. A discussion between the internal mindscapes I inhabit through my imagination and the tangible world of rules, structures and boundaries where the produce of thinking most often settles. The art I make is the product of a conversation between these two places, a sort of agreement between the two mediated by me as an artist.

I am interest in highlighting this sort of psychedelic moment that occurs and hits an idea as its becoming or transitioning from one state to the next.

Art objects are born form mind touching thinking.

Feedback you are seeking from crit participants and what you’d most like to get out of the crit:

I am seeking feedback through participation, engagement and openness.

I would like to talk the thinking into a thing.



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