Bronwen Sleigh uses her work to explore the built environment, often taking inspiration from cities and spaces which are unfamiliar to her. Her work is a response to her physical experience of spaces formed by the architecture of a city. Sleigh considers structures at their point of concept and is interested in how plans and ideas of a particular era become constructed and made permanent through architecture. For Sleigh, buildings offer an insight into attitudes and perspectives at the time of construction.
Form Follows is a response to Sleigh’s visit to Kampala, Uganda, in 2015. Each work featured takes inspiration from a single five-story, concrete business centre, one of Kampala’s many imposing modernist buildings, erected during the country’s era of independence. Sleigh uses the techniques of etching, drawing and sculpture to explore and expand on the forms found in the original building, each artwork informing the next, one form evolving into another.
The transitions between two and three dimensional techniques, allow the work to become progressively more abstracted, whilst continuing to be an intuitive response to the original structure.
TALKS AT THE LANE
Bronwen Sleigh on Form Follows | 9th September 2021 | 6:30pm-9pm