The Graduate Award assists one artist per year in the transition from art student to practicing artist. This year’s selected artist is Camberwell College of Art BA Sculpture graduate Hamish Pearch.
So we are now being plunged into the archaeopsychic past, uncovering the ancient taboos and drives that have lay dormant for epochs. The neanderthals have grown up and have cast aside their clubs and the new men have fashioned themselves a set of hunting spears. The sculptures shown give form to Pearch’s interest for concepts on social group formations and how objects and artifacts are used to construct or define identities and truths.
No parasite ever overcomes their organism, does it? This new body of work aims to imagine a pre-romantic moment, where actions are made instinctively in order to cope with the absurdity of a disturbing and complex social world. Also included in the show is what appears to be an over-sized skull, titled Mosquito Head. This over-sized object is the central focus from which the other pieces act as satellites, suggesting possible interactions have taken place to fell the beast. Other sculptures in the show assume the role of mute but implicit observers: sets of eyes and comic expressions, they are physical manifestations of psychological states such as anxiety or childish perversion.