This year b-side is working with a number of South West based arts organisations to offer development of practise opportunities for South West based artists. Platform bursaries are for emerging visual artists or established artists who are interested in exploring new ways of working in a site responsive/ temporary/outdoor context.
The recipient of the b-side and Dorset Visual Arts bursary is Carrie Mason. The bursary will include mentoring from the b-side and Dorset Visual Arts teams and an opportunity to take part in the b-side festival 2018.
Carrie Mason is a recent graduate of the Arts University Bournemouth (2017) who uses drawing to find strategies for living in contemporary society, particularly with the challenges we face of being in an attention economy where the thing of most value is our attention. This has led to an exploration of opportunities to engage with the idea of being fully present during the making process, and using meditation and mindfulness breathing techniques in her art practice.
In an effort to counteract the increasingly digital and virtual nature of our lives and to re-engage with the physicality of materials, Carrie starts by gathering and making her own drawing materials and tools.
With an experimental approach to tools, materials and repetitive mark making, the resulting drawings take a variety of forms, including works on paper, sculptural objects or film.
Carrie will make a site-specific drawing using an ink made from Portland limestone dust during the course of the festival. The linear marks will be made in time with the sound of the breaking waves. Each mark will become a record of a moment in time and being in the environment.