CHANCE ENCOUNTERS meets SANDRA BOUGUERCH.
Sandra Bouguerch is an interdisciplinary artist who creates atmospheres encompassing ‘exploration of self’. Awareness, uncertainty, tension and vulnerability are implied, aiming to suggest the commonalities, both physical and psychological that inform the human condition. Although her practice is undeniably personal it is this personal story that makes the work, human, poignant and vital. The dualities that make persons individually unique also address common similarities we all share in being human at this particular time. Her ongoing exploration of interest is 'The Temporal Experiences of Awareness and Tension in Relation to the Notion of Self', triggered through her role as an artists life model. Life is impermanent and fluid, and her works evoke its ephemeral nature and emphasises the ambiguity of identity.
Currently she is creating work involving her elderly father who is displaying signs of dementia.
Sandra’s a member and studio holder of the fine art group neo:artists who are based in the North West of England which she joined after receiving a first class degree and governor’s award from The University of Bolton in 2012. Since then she has exhibiting 27 times since graduating.
In 2011 Sandra was questioning and investigating varied perceptions of multiculturalism within the United Kingdom.
Sources were obtained from popular culture and personal experience and deployed to characterise society, highlighting tensions that arise from distorted perceptions, intolerance, ignorance and intercultural exchanges.
In 2010 the topic of body image, especially weight and obesity were investigated through painting and printmaking.
She has shown work at the Liverpool Biennial fringe 2012 and exhibits regularly across the UK. ‘Handle with Care’ is her first solo show in the UK. http://www.thestudios.co/current.html
Her video ‘Becoming’ is currently touring internationally as part of TIME IS LOVE.7 - [Show 1]
Jan 2014 at the Invisible Line Gallery, London www.timeisloveshow.org www.tilgallery.com
How did you first decide that art was your path in life ?
I fully comprehended in 2009 that art was my path in life after redundancy from the graphic design job I had been working in for the last 22 years. I decided there and then that I wanted to challenge myself and study fine art. Up until that point I did not have much knowledge of contemporary art and virtually non on the subject of conceptual art. Starting university as an mature student at the age of 45 was an amazing experience and I was like a sponge soaking up galleries, exhibitions, artist talks and creating my own work. Throughout university my confidence grew and at first I found it difficult to understand my high level of achievements, however I knew instinctively this is what I want to do for the rest of my life.
What's your main interest as an artist ?
My main interest as an artist is to develop myself through learning, creating artworks and mixing with other like-minded people. In doing so I hope to stimulate others senses and provide something for the viewer to think about.
Where do you get the ideas for your work ?
I obtain ideas for my artwork from my environment and what is around me. Ideas come to me whilst dreaming and in my waking moments too.
What would you most like to make that you haven't so far ?
I have an strong idea for a performance piece, which can evolve into so much more. It involves a lot of organization and co-operation to pull it all together. It is achievable under the right circumstances, with time and co-operation.
What do you think is the social role of art ?
To inform the viewer, providing numerous ways or a different way of thinking that delivers a challenge for them to interpret in their own way. Also to hopefully help to improve society.
What place does creativity have in education ?
The place creativity has in education is that It should be of equal importance alongside all the other subjects and should be free to all.
Do you think that by challenging conventional views, art can truly make a change in the public's perception?
It has the possibility to open up new ways of thinking and has the potential to alter some people’s outlook and perceptions.
What are your future plans and projects ?
I have timescales of achievement in response to future plans and projects because I feel time is not on my side. However I have life’s experiences and knowledge, even though I lacked confidence in the past and felt stuck. Pursuing a fine art degree has completely moved me forward in my life. A future plan I hope to realise is a complex performance piece abroad in France where I have already sought the right location to carry out research, create work and have an exhibition at a particular contemporary gallery within that location. I also am in the process of selecting and organsiing artists to be included in a digital exhibition called ‘Exploring Boundaries. The exhibition will represent a diverse group of artists working at the interface of traditional and digital art.
Thank you so much and good luck!