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James Townend
(29 years old. Born in United Kingdom. Lives in: London)
Goldsmiths

Throughout my degree at Goldsmiths I have had the chance to explore recurrent themes around the Gothic in literature, film and of course art. I have looked at Gothic motifs such as the haunted castle, monsters, and the presence of supernatural elements. It is all these features that still characterize most of today's "Gothic" music, art and cinema, but unlike in the past, they are almost used nostalgically , in a desperate, an ...[more]
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Work of art I would like to make

What I would like to make is a continuation from my past 3 years of investigation. I believe that there is much more to life that we do not understand or that we can comprehend. For instance, what we experience in dreams and our imaginations can be much more than what we experience in the physical world. As M.C.Escher stated- “What I give form to in daylight is only one per cent of what I have seen in darkness.”

I want to offer an escape, a glimpse of a different way of looking at a space or at an object through an installation using drawing and optical trickery. I want to play with clichés of the Gothic and re-appropriate them onto everyday or familiar spaces thus making familiar, unpredictable or ordinary places somewhat extraordinary. The installation will be composed of a series of paper dioramas that will be lit in a way that creates questionable events in each piece. I want to make each paper diorama a very intimate personal experience where only one person can see each piece individually. If I get selected I propose to investigate the projection of the Gothic onto places such as Tesco, fast food restaurants like Burger King.

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