Yinka Shonibare MBE announced this year's Shape Open winner as artist Kate Murdoch, for her sculpture, 'Bad Head Day'

Kate Murdoch on her sculpture: 'As a partially deaf person, I spend a lot of time trying to make sense of the world around me. Hearing aids amplify, but don’t necessarily clarify sounds or the human voice. What’s going on? What’s being said? The frustration involved in struggling to hear and join in conversations can sometimes just all feel too much. ‘Bad Head Day’ is representative of the confusion and muddle I can sometimes find myself in: something akin to a head exploding. 

You can read more about Kate's story at this link on our arts blog. The blog also has a review of the exhibition. Click here


Yinka Shonibare, Tony Heaton and Helen Sainsbury peering at a sculpture at the Shape Open 2015/16

Images:

Banner image: a visitor at the Shape Open viewing the winning exhibit 'Bad Head Day' by Kate Murdoch

Insert image: Shape Open patron Yinka Shonibare MBE, Shape Chief Executive Tony Heaton OBE, and Helen Sainsbury, Head of Programme Realisation, Tate Modern, viewing the winning piece.  'Bad Head Day' by Kate Murdoch, in their capacity as panel judges.


Visit our event page for full details of the Shape Open 2015/16 exhibition.

A full colour catalogue of the exhibition is available here: SHAPE_2016_Open-Catalogue_Final.pdf

The Shape Open 2016 Soundcloud Audio Description is available here: https://soundcloud.com/shape-arts/sets/shape-open-my-life-exhibition


The text entries for the Shape Open 2015/16 catalogue are below:

Alice Dass

 Rubbish

 

2016

w 51cm x 41 cm (h)

Owing to an almost miraculous neurological blip, my 15years as a wheelchair user has ceased, and for the past few months I have been able to walk normally. What a difference in society's perception of me! No longer am I patronised or treated like an idiot; on society's perception of me! No longer am I patronised or treated like difference in society's perception of me! No longer am I patronised or treated like an idiot; my self-confidence is blossoming! Yet my donation is unpredictable, it may revert, and I could well end up, once again, tossed onto society's rubbish heap... 

 

 

Ally Bain

Can't Remember! #16

 

2016

 42cm (w) x 29.7cm (h)

This piece was created by corrupting a photographic image which contains a special memory. During an assault in 1999, my head hit the pavement, resulting in two brain operations, including partial lobotomy in my left frontal lobe. I continues o affect my language skills (read gig, writing and speech), certain parts of my memory and other cognitive faculties. Fragmented and distorted, my work is an attempt to visualise the complex notion of memory and its loss. 

 

Regina Lafay Bellamy

Practitioner 

 

2013

40cm (w) x 51cm (h) 

Having both a mental illness, doctors seem to gamble with my health by trying one medication after another. 

 

Angela Edmonds

Rubber Metal 

 

2002

20cm (w) x2cm x 13cm(d)

The water bottle embedded with a metal plug signifies living every aspect of life is a disrupted and there are no easy solutions. Previously my work was large scale mixed media drawing, but now my work focuses on small assemblages requiring minimal physical intervention. 

 

Joshua Fox

Ladder

 

2015

 33.75cm 9w) x 50.75cm (h)

A ladder is used to communicate the instability of neurological conditions and is influenced by a desire to be free from this. The use of a strong light source is an acknowledgement to the increased electrical activity in the brain during an epileptic episode. Shadows play with the duality of an epileptic seizure. This is an attempt to visualise the internal through an external form.

 

 

Rachel Gadsden 

Silence the Breath is Precious 

 

2015

Mixed media on black paper

89cm (w) x 108cm (h)

Breathing happens unconsciously; we rarely think about the process until we can't. The title comes from Persian phrase, "It is a command to observe silence with the explanation: if we do not attain the state of silence, our precious life - symbolised by our breath - is wasted.

I was first resuscitated when I was about seven; this perception of silence and breathing has enabled me to be and become the person and artist that I am. 

 

 

lilana Galalgher

Head I

 

2015

Oil Paint on canvas paper

45.8cm (w) x 56.0cm (h)

As a physiotherapist and acupuncturist, my art work is inspired by my experience with disabled patients in Brazil and my Grandmother's memory loss. As an artist I create compelling imagery that falls between reality and fantasy by depicting not what I see but the feeling that the subject provokes me. 

 

Saara Ellen Glanfield

Hidden

 

2015

Charcoal on canvas

80cm (W) x 80cm (h)

I have lived with a mental illness since 1993 after suffering a personal breakdown. As a result I was diagnosed with a a personality disorder. This painting says: "You don't 'see me'. you don't see that my smile is fake. My handshake and 'hello', camouflage shoot through my mind, poisoning my body. I long to connect. I want to belong. Please give me 'Grace', be merciful and quick to forgive."

 

 

Jack Haslam 

 What's Happening

 

2015

 Embroidered cotton on a vintage table centre

50cm (w) x 40cm (h)

I originally drew this when I was at school ad wanted to try a new technique so I chose digital embroidery. The drawings sums up my life very well from the past to the future and beyond. I am in from in my own world and everybody else around me done not know what to do about it. 

 

Piotr Jastak 

Untilted 

 

2015

Charcoal on paper

100cm (w) x 70cm (h)

The piece was not consciously designed to be this way. Like almost all of my works, it's simply based ona an image appearing in my head. 

 

Carl Jayocock and Zareen Rustom 

Tip of the Iceberg a Mountain to Climb 2015

 

Epson Ultrachrome Pigment inks on Somerest Cotton paper in aluminium frames 

29cm (w) x 21cm 

- Per panel 

After my wife Zareen's 

After my wife Zareen's brain haemorhage, he barriers she faced were significant; operating day to day was a huge challenge. Over many years word games have developed her cognitive abilities back to some level of normality. The artwork was developed using hundreds of pages of notes of word games that showed Zareen's progress over the years, resulting through digital techniques, in this collage. 

 

JunkSoup Art 

Being Me, is OK with Me 

 

2014

Driftwood and beach junk

27cm (w) x 11cm (h)

Diagnosed with high functioning autism a few years ago, in my 40s, I realised that I need to get away from people and noise, OFTEN; I also began to understand who I am, and to accept myself. When I had finished this piece, I realised that I had created a collage of my life now, and hang it on my wall as talisman. 

 

 

Fae Kilburn

The Struggle 

 

2015

Waterbased ink on woodcut print

39cm (w) x 49cm (h)

This is a woodcut inspired by the daily struggles I faced after an epileptic seizure in 2007 left me with temporary brain damage. I had to re-learn all the basics: reading, talking ect. I find it physically painful creating art, but it also gives me so much pleasure. This is the first woodcut I've completed since that seizure. 

 

Violetta Liszka 

Mental Illness

 

2013

C-type print on board

42cm (w) x 59cm(h)

This image explores problems of mental health. The face expresses everything, so covering my mean hiding, escaping or being invisible. 

 

Peter Mansell

My Health, My Home, Your Rules

 

2015

C-type print on foamex

91 cm (w) x 82cm (h)

 

My Health, My Home, Your Rules, is a visual statement that identifies the fundamental focus that impose on my experience. First image: because I am paralysed I use external indicators to assess my changing health, hence the urine bags.  Second image: a triptych hinting at dealing with paralysis at home, and certain was I spend my time. Third image: a traditional landscape vie, noting how society defines wheelchair users as a separate class of person. 

 

Aron McPeake

Measurement 1985 & 2015

 

2015

Digital Print on aluminium 

30cm (w) x 80cm (h) x 2

These works provide a personal account of my visual acuity and my relationship to the Snellen chart over a period of thirty years. They are not simply graphic illustrations oh how I see, as this is much too complex a paradigm o describe in a single image, but rather, a comment on the obsession with measurement, which seems to be more valued that first person accounts of lived experience. 

 

Brigitte Mierau 

Self- portrait 

 

2013 

Cotton fabric, sewing and embroidery thread, needle, framed

 28cm (w) x 43cm (h)

I love the materiality of fabric and use textiles, stitching and written words to create pieces of social and personal commentary. All my work involves a laborious, time consuming and repetitive making process this process is at least as important as the finished work. I am an artist who is deaf, visual impaired and dyslexic; this self-portrait illustrates my preferred mode of communication. 

 

Graham Miller

 Remote Control

 

2015

Duratans lightbox, remote 

43cm(w) x 31cm (h)

Tasos has serve autism: he cannot speak due to his condition, he is withdrawn and does not engage with others around him. The work allows for light levels to be adjusted up and down by the view, reminding us that Tasos ' life is largely in the hands of others.

 

Kate Murdoch

Bad Head Day

 

2014

Ceramic and plastic garden wire

10cm (w) x 20cm (h) x 8cm (d)

As a partially deaf person, I spend a lot of time trying to make sense of the world around me. Hearing aids amplify, but don't necessarily clarify sounds for the human voice. What's going on? What's being said? The frustration involved in struggling to hear and join in conversations can sometimes just all feel too much. 'Bad Head Day' is a representative of the confusion and muddle I can sometimes find myself in: something akin to a head exploding. 

lilana Galalgher

Head I

 

2015

Oil Paint on canvas paper

45.8cm (w) x 56.0cm (h)

As a physotherapist and acupucturist, my art work is inspired by my experience with disabled patients in Brazil and my Grandmother's memory loss. As an artist I create compelling imagery that falls between reality and fantasy by depicting not what I see but the feeling that the subject provokes me. 

 

Stephen Muszynski 

Self Portrait as an Artist

 

2014

Acrylic paint on paper

59c, (w) x 84cm (h)

 

This is a picture of me in the community art project studio where I can draw, paint, print and do my tapestries.

 

 

Clare Newton

Inspired by Paralympians

 

2012 

Photographic montage - Gielee print on exhibition film from mount on clear acrylic 

90cm (w) x 28cm (h)

Back in 2012, the UK prepared to host the London Olympics and Paralympics Games. Feeling excluded, I set about making a brand new world record: he world's longest photograph. This paranormal is a documentary of time and place, capturing the enormous inspiration exuded by the athletes.

 

Susanne Dagmar Olsen

Via Dolorasa 

 

2012-13

Handmade linocut print on Zerkall watercolour paper

50cm (w) x 66cm 9h)

 

I am both physically and mentally disabled ‘via dolorosa’ (Latin for way of sorrows’) of wanting to do something, but not been able to. It also describes how it is to live with serious tinnitus.

 

Justin Piccirilli

Stone of Stumbling, Rock of Offence

2015

Jesmonite Portland Stone stainless steel

40cm (w) x 54cm (h) x 16cm (d)

It was Friday 13 March 2015. I fell under a train which crushed my heel and changed my life forever. This is the hand that I have been dealt. I have to accept it, adapt and try to move on. This piece represents my willingness to drive forward with weight of the move on. This piece represents my willingness to drive forward with the weight of the world trying to hold me back. I’m not immortal anymore, I’ve just rebooted.

 

Crowded

2015

HD digital video file, colour, audio Loop

 

I am passionate about tracking the ignorance, misrepresentation and segregation of the “insane” in our society. They are invisible, have no history, and the indomitable effort to ignore or deny their existence through history has robbed them of a past, present and future.  The lessons and truths in all they have said has been cast away. Their work is devalued, as they are as people, and an art sensitive to a viewpoint and experience few will have the chance to know was and is being lost.

 

Maxwell Rushton

Inside #1

2015

Artist’s blood on hahnemuhle etching

78cm (w) x 53cm (h)

The Rorschach inkblot test was largely used with the goal of understanding psychological disordered such as schizophrenia from the 190s – 1970s. I was inspired to make the series after being diagnosed with a psychological disorders such as schizophrenia from the 1920s – 1970s. I was inspired to make the series. After being diagnosed. With a psychological disorder in 2015; the ink blots are made with the medium of my blood.

 

Paula de Santis Smith

Anxiety

 

2015

Magnets, pin, old haberdashery, recycled leather accessories

44cm (w) x 70cm (h) x 20cm(d)

 

This piece represents a state of mind that has been consistent throughout my illness. I have had Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) for six years, and with a loss in concentration and physical capabilities, making anything is very difficult. My illness has manifested itself in the form of the mask, and I now choose to let the anxiety to go.

 

Patricia Uter

Self- Portrait June 2015

2015

C-type print on glossy photographic paper 30cm(w) x (30cm (h)

I was psychologically tortured by life events which left me unable to go to work or do other normal things. As part of my self-initiated recovery programme, I participated in an art course, and found the theme ‘mother and son’ inescapably recurring. I had log felt as a single parent, that I had not been the mother I should have been to my son. This self-portrait captures what I felt I had become over the years, in order to survive.

 

Joanne Weaver

Reflection

2015

Cast bronze and mirror 35cm (w) x 35cm (h) x 35 cm (d)

Suffering cancer and losing a breast is what a no woman wants, but it has happened to a couple of my friends, and I have been full of admiration as they have handled it with such dignity. I felt the need to make work of beautiful women who have had a mastectomy – celebrating their femininity, and brining awareness to others. There ladies live with a change of image and the threat of cancer returning every day.

 

Anne White

Untitled (bedpan with jug)

2014

Ceramic bedpan, ceramic toby jug and silk velvet

 

32cm (w) x 15c (h) x 40 cm (d)

Using the container as a metaphor for the body, y recent works are framed by the working titles of’ in one end, out the other’. Initially fascinated by a collection of bedpans, chamber pots and tableware, I am interested in the connections between objects that meditate between both ends of the human body. By altering, rebuilding and remarking with cloth, ceramic and enamelware, I blur the boundaries between these opposing objects to question how we relate to this blurred border. The sculptural outcomes are a comment on the daily repetitive shoring up against the tensions and anxieties that are rooted in abjection.

 

Dave Wood

What Albert Does

 

2010

Acrylic on canvas

80cm (w) x 100cm (h)

 

What Albert Does describes how anxiety drags us into depth and pulls at the nerve-endings; the sinews of the figure burn with struggle and the earth swallows us into its darker caves of despair and worry.

 

Jason Wilsher-Mills

Hit the North 9and other Yorkshire Folk Songs) 2014

Ipad painting Giclee limited print 60cm (w) x 85cm (h)

The work is a love letter to my childhood, signifying the magic and free down of Gawhrope West Yorkshire in the late 1970s. I’ve ‘drenched’ the painting with images from popular culture and nostalgia. It was this time that I became disabled and spent a year in hospital. We are made up of our memories, and these are mine.

 

Fiona Wright

 

In. Visable.Un.Acknowledged

Pain

2013 – ongoing

Acryclic on canvas

50.5cm (w) x 76.5cm (h)

 

This is an abstract representational map of the pain I experience mentally and physically. My life is pain, chronic pain and my coping mechanism for life are self-taught, like my art.

 

 

Emiko Yamaguchi

 

ReShape the Past: Stranger on a Bicycle

2015

Textile hangings, set of four digital Neoprene fabric with black backing, dye sublimation printings, dowelling rods 100cm (w) x 120cm (h)

I am both designer and artist, having altered my practices due to post traumatic stress disorder caused by a crime. I am constantly adapting to ever changing identities. I started to write a memoir to record hidden hurt and my heaviest emotions. Childhood incidents were dug up like a fossil during counselling, which was a starting point in my artist’s journey. I use memories, self-portraiture and autobiographical storytelling; these multidisciplinary storytelling; these multidisciplinary techniques transform pain into beauty, regrowth, constant purifications, return of faith understanding and solidarity with whoever has been hurt.

 

Sonja Zelic

 

An Invitation to Speak

 

1997

C-type print on Dibond

30cm (w) x21 (h)

 

Selective Mutism has profoundly affected my life. My communications difference have shaped my art career. They limit my ability to successfully apply for commissions and residencies as these usually involve an oral presentation and interview; the same applies to networking, and developing relationships with galleries, curators, and writers. This image, for me, is what SM feels like – a spotlight waiting for me to step into it and speak, but I cannot


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