Artist in focus: Christopher Sacre

digital print No2 by Christopher SacreShape has been delighted to support and showcase the work of Christopher Sacre at a number of our touring exhibitions and events. As one of our highlighted artists at Shape in the City, Gracechurch St, his work featured on BBC’s See Hear and was recently shortlisted for the 2013/14 Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary. New works will be included in the Shortlist 6 Exhibition at Shape Gallery, Westfield in July 2014. Read our interview with Christopher below. 

How would you sum up your creative practice? 
My creations are made by pouring liquid plaster into a condom, which is knotted at one end and left for an hour. Then I peel away the latex and the emergent form is left to dry for up to two weeks, then I remove the knotted end, giving it a flat base on which to stand. The method I use for making the casts references the way in which a used condom is knotted and discarded. The sperm is left inside and it all looks the same – you don’t know if they would be black, white, deaf, disabled.
What inspires your work? 
My profound deafness form the age of two certainly influences my work to a great extent and simply by how I placed these creations, whether isolated or conversing in a group, represents worlds of human experience. I use my work to explore and identify Deaf culture, identity and experiences and aim to promote awareness and its profile within the mainstream.
Why do you think Shape’s work is important, and how has Shape supported you? 
After graduating in 1999 from Wolverhampton School of Art and Design I moved to London to begin my artistic career. Through word of mouth I was told about Shape Arts, an organisation that supports Deaf and disabled artists so being a Deaf visual artist I approached them. Without their support and access I would not be where I am today. In my career I have faced barriers and a lack of access such as the provision of a British Sign language (BSL) interpreter for art related activities in the early years. It is vitally important that Deaf and disabled artists are treated equally and given the same opportunities to develop their artistic practice.

Banner image: 'Best of Both Worlds' Christopher Sacre, Shape Open 2013
Insert image: 'No 2' Christopher Sacre

I’ve been inspired to create new artworks based on the installation for the FOUR exhibition.  Using bold colours from the Olympic rings and explores new territory with lines, forms, and compositions of condom sculptures in new 2D works on paper.  

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