I see my art as a tool.

I use it as a platform for self-reflection; to manage and understand my mental health.

I think it’s what I need to do to help myself.

I see the work I make as a by-product of an internal dialogue with a deeper sense of self.

I use it to create experiences and learn from.

I make my work for myself.

Im a mixed media artist based in Bristol. I currently use my art practice as a way of coping with mental health and chronic pain. I try to create links between my mental health and art in an attempt deepen the relationship I have with myself.

I think my practice is essentially cognitive behavioural therapy and my art is a by-product of this. Addressing my mental health has had to be my primary focus for the past few years and its felt like managing my health has consumed most of my time.

 

I’ve had to implement elements of CBT to my daily life to try and step away from thoughts and analyse my emotions.  I feel like my work, and interests within my work, has helped me to make that process more interesting and allow me to approach my well being with a sense of curiosity, rather than desperation.

To me, my work functions as a tool to use in line with CBT. It forms a point of communication with myself and helps reveal some of the complexities behind my emotions. My aim is to develop ways of using my work as a bridge between my internal and external experience of life.

 

EDUCATION

 

2013-2016 University of the West of England, Bristol, BA Fine Art (First class)

2012-2013 Coleg Sir Gar, Foundation Diploma Art & Design 

 

 

EXHIBITIONS

2018

 

RUNG Magazine launch
 

2017

Commission for Greenman
Festival 

2016

Ingram Collection Young
Contemporary Talent

No Laughing No Barking

Cruising

Spike Open                        

UWE+RAM Dome Project

   

The End                            

Parallels                          

 

2015

 

Spike Open                       

Neo-Portraiture                 

Chewing the Scenery          

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2014 Mid-Year Show        

 

 

STAGE VISUALS

2018
 

'The Constant Drone' ,
Dark Place Productions
(Theatre set design)

2017

Music Video Commission
'Wireless'

RUIN II

RUIN

Tribe of Swan II

2016

Funktion Tek X Bad  Design

Tribe of Swan

The Orator

kaleidoscope

Sinewave                         

Phil Me In                        

2015

Funktion Tek

Residencies

2016

Digital and light R&D
residency  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trinity Centre, Bristol

Greenman Festival, Glanusk

Cello Factory, London

 

UWE Spike Island Bristol

The Edwardian Cloakroom, Bristol

UWE Spike Island, Bristol

Camden Forge, London.

@Bristol Planetarium, Bristol 

123 Space, Bristol

The Island, Bristol 

 

 

 

UWE Spike Island, Bristol

The Island, Bristol

The Island, Bristol

Southbank, Bristol

UWE Spike Island, Bristol

PRSC Space, Bristol

PO Griff, Winger Records

The Garage, Swansea

The Scene, Swansea

The Scene, Swansea

The Scene, Swansea

The Scene, Swansea

Theatre West, The Acta Centre, Bristol

The Small Horse, Bristol

The Cells, Bristol

Wilder Studios, Bristol

The Lemon Factory, Swansea

 

Greenman festival 2016, Glanusk

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© 2016 Calum McCutcheon.