Spring Residency 2019
Hayley Dawson // Zolatrope
with Hanna Tuuliiki / Leila Smith / Cameron Mackay
15/04/19 - 19/05/19
Hayley Dawson and Zolatrope (Zoe Pillar and Lola Morgan), with (GSA’s only female technician and former Atelier Monday mentee) artist Leila Smith and Finnish artist Hanna Tuulikki working in mentor and pastoral care roles and explorer Cameron Mackay curating an expedition and self-care workshop.
Dawson’s work sculptural work is rooted in the site of conflict that arises from experiences during her childhood and her identity as an adult and a queer Scottish female. Dawson’s work is often autobiographical, frequently using her own body as a channel through which to explore her relationship with the landscape - rural or otherwise - ritual and memory, tracing the artist’s own association with undocumented queer/lesbian histories as a means of subversion and denial.
Zolatrope’s collaborative practice developed from questioning their relationship to space and site, the choreography of movements and actions, and finding a parallel interest in ecology and disconnection to place. They question ‘Rites of Passage’, and if our contemporary culture is lacking because we don’t engage with this collectively engrained system and ritual. Rite of Passage becomes a navigational tool to foster a more considered connection to their environment.