ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: HEATHER IRIS

Artist Spotlight: Heather Iris
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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: HEATHER IRIS



Written by James Ratcliffe
14 Wednesday 14th May 2014

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Since being in Bristol for the last 3 years whilst studying my BA Hons in Fine Art i've developed the style of photography I have today, no longer a happy snapper at parties wasting film. I go about my days with photographs in my head I wanna shoot, dedicating days to riding around housing estates. My art and photography practice go hand in hand, nothing is out of place anymore, were as I used to see them as two different practices. Its about untransformed found objects, and what they mean in our society today. Focusing on working class masculinity and its representations in contemporary Britain. I begin a body of work by taking photographs in my usual style, this will later help create a minimal art piece. Perviously looking at bomber jackets, a plastic blue bag, and loaf of bread. I'm currently focusing on satellite dishes and bike dirts//scooters, always presented in a white gallery space.

Boys, Billy, laddism, Jessie, plaits, Subaru cars, gravel houses, housing estates, tower blocks, Easton, Bedminster, satellite dishes, dirt bikes, scooters, racers, football fans, boxing, Reebok Classic's, saddle rings, four can's, Martin Parr, Mike Skinner, jockie whips-chips, fried eggs/greasy spoons, Brunel, Buttery, our mother, our father, British culture, boarded up doors, andBurial.

I find inspiration in all of the above. They all help represent my understanding and perception of working class culture, especially working class masculinity and being a young lad in today's society. I'm currently focusing on young lads and their relationships with scooters/dirt bikes. How its a right of passage when aged sixteen they get their provisional licence, Billy was one of these lads.

I finish my degree in 2 months, and reality is slowing creeping in. I've found myself in Bristol and have become a confident woman. I'm taking sometime out of Bristol, having a few months away after graduation, i'll be back in the 2015. Leaving the United Kingdom and being scared again, like I was when I first moved here. I need that again, need that time to make friends in different places. It will be interesting to see if I still continue photographing working class representations whilst abroad in different cultures.

In real life I want to have a career in Art Therapy/Social Care. I just want to help people, and if I can use my art degree at the same time it would be perfect. But reality might take over, i'm not dumb.


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