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Wac Arts introduces their 2nd visual artist In residence: Cherelle Sappleton

Working in fresh and imaginative ways, Wac Arts supports gifted young people facing exceptional challenges and hardship to develop their aspirations and see opportunities ahead. The Wac Arts AIR programme aims to give emerging artists (from all disciplines) the chance to exhibit their work in a public sphere and to enhance the existing provisions of Performing Arts and Media classes housed within the heritage building in North London.

The will be at least four artists in residence a year will at Wac Arts a year, this will be in the form of art exhibitions and performance artists/ companies using our facilities and interacting with various programs. Following along a similar theme of body and form as our previous/first , (visual) artist in residence, Peter Anderson, Cherelle Sappleton’s exhibition called “Other”, looks at the manipulation of images to distort the body, in-turn creating a new thought provoking take on the original.

Other, Cherelle Sappleton“The images I make are a surreal take on the representation of the body through photographic media. Sometimes they are humorous, sometimes unsettling. I take great pleasure in seeing the body transformed into an uncanny form of awkward limbs and garments. My current focus is collage, using cut outs from fashion editorials and adverts to create strange assemblages, with the body as its central subject.” The body has been an enduring interest to the artist; originally setting out to work in performance, she used her body as material, influenced by the work of experimental dramatists like Meyerhold, Grotowski and Berkoff. The revolutionary approaches of these dramatists inspired the artist to abstract body, isolating parts and transforming it into an uncanny object. Through the use of photography, her collages not only employ the flatness of the photographic print as a distancing tool, but plays with the materiality of the medium. The body is cut, distorted, reconfigured and assembled into absurd beings, insect like or grotesque.”

More than just an exhibition: How Cherelle will be engaging with Wac Arts Interactive students in a workshop using interactive media and digital cut outs.

“Other” – Private View
On Thursday 18th September at 6:30pm-9pm, you will have the chance to meet the artist and view their exceptional art work in the atrium exhibition space at Wac Arts. There will be a bar available. Please contact to reserve your space.

About the artist

Cherelle Sappleton is a visual artist of Afro-Caribbean descent, working and living in London, England. She initially started out with a performative practice whilst studying Fine Arts and Drama jointly at Bath Spa School of Art. However after graduating and taking a break of four years, she focussed her practice on photographic media and image making whilst undertaking postgraduate study. Firstly studying a Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art at Byam Shaw School of Art and then an MA Fine Art Central Saint Martins College of Arts & Design, which she completed in Jun 2013.

Sappleton is also co-curating a group exhibition titled ‘I’m Not Done’ with fellow artist – Kathryn Bonnar, due to take place at Islington Arts Factory this October. The exhibition will see 12 artists, of varying creative disciplines, present work which is un-resolved and in its experimental stages. Taking place in the venue’s fascinating chapel space, the exhibition will take the viewer closer to the intriguing processes an artist goes through to reach a place of resolve; if this is ever possible. The show will run from 17th-24th October 2014 with updates from participating artists being shown online at: in the run up to the show.

The exhibition will be open to the public every Thursday evening from the 11th September 6.30pm-8.30pm. The private view will be at 6.30pm on the 18th September 2014.

If you would like to become an Artist in Residence at Wac Arts please click here to download an application form