Priya Chohan chosen for Wedge Gallery Residency

by 52 Weeks of Art

Priya Chohan has been selected for the first 52 Weeks of Art Residency which will begin in early February, and culminate in an exhibition in March.

Priya Chohan’s work is non-image and process based. She is interested in philosophies about mapping and time, in the ephemeral and in the traces of actions, exploring this through her use of material.

Having recently made drawings and objects using graphite and pigment, she enjoys experimenting with wax, clay and lead to make organic forms, juxtaposing this experimentation with traditional techniques.

From thinking about mark-making and the expanded idea of sculpture and drawing, she has developed an innovative egg tempera paint to create simple sculptural objects which reference the traditional shape of a canvas as well as implying natural brick like structures that could have come out of the earth.

Chohan’s practice involves concurrently working on several ideas in the studio and, as a result, the works inform each other and relationships develop between them. These relationships are visual and conceptual, through organic marks and the works’ physicality, as well as through the way they relate to her ideas about drawing and painting. She makes works, which, as individual objects are small and intimate – together they create a rich, dense experience, playing on these relationships.

She recently co-founded an artist group, 4 Walls. Within this group, she started peer critique sessions, which are now being piloted by Chisenhale Gallery, London. She will be an artist in residence at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales, in Summer 2010, and has a forthcoming solo exhibition at Yorkshire Art Space, Sheffield, in September 2010. Recent group shows include Play, Pause, Stop at Portman Village Galleries, London, and One or Several Wolves? at Kingsgate Gallery, London.

As part of her residency with ‘52 Weeks of Art’ at Wedge Gallery and Project Space, she will make an experimental ‘landscape’ within the space.