Hello, my name is Keith Bloody Mary and I am going to be Artist in residence July / August this year at Wigan STEAM.
I’ve just recently started making artwork inspired by science research but I’ve always had an interest in all things au naturale.
Earlier this year I worked with Cancer Research UK and enjoyed working with science researchers so much that I wanted to continue doing it, so I applied for the Natus Residency and now here I am preparing for it!
I’m currently studying for a Masters in Visual Culture, and so the work I make at Wigan STEAM will feed directly into my final piece of work and dissertation. I will be researching about the anthropocene and theories around the post human; making weird collage work to represent current biological research.
I’ve been working as an artist since I graduated from a Fine Art degree in 2010. During the last 5 years I have used photo-collage as my medium of choice, cutting images from magazines and pasting them together by hand, in the kind of way that would make Dr Frankenstein proud!
I’m hoping that the two workshops I’m hosting as part of the residency will introduce people who have never used photo-collage before to the punkesque medium, and introduce photo-collage experts to my own way of doing things. I’m looking forward to having conversations with everyone about the world once we’re gone (in a jolly way), and hopefully making some collaborative work that will be available to take away during the exhibition.
I work under the name Keith Bloody Mary mainly because it amuses me. I enjoy having a collaged name – if you come along to the workshops I’ll talk a little bit about where the name came from, and how you can make up your own artist name for the evening.