paula roush

paula roush

 

Artist Statement

Há cinco anos que venho convertendo espaços arquitectónicos únicos em casa-estúdio-galerias. Um armazém industrial do final do século XIX, um outro que tinha sido uma oficina de impressão nos anos 80, um showroom dos anos 40 onde também foram os escritórios da agência de fronteiras do Reino Unido nos anos 90 e, actualmente, um centro de dia comunitário com seu próprio berçário. O património industrial desses incríveis edifícios que estão passando por um ciclo de gentrificação, que leva à sua demolição, tem uma ressonância emocional muito forte, que inspira novos trabalhos e proporciona um fluxo contínuo de produção criativa. Uma outra vantagem nessa tipologia de espaço é poder convidar artistas para desenvolver trabalho comigo, deixá-los construir uma ideia, ver de perto como funcionam, sendo influenciados pelo local, pelos materiais do estúdio e pela vida lá fora. 

paula roush

 

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paula roush (Lisbon) Lives and works in London.

She is a photographer and the founder of msdm (mobile strategies of display and mediation), a house-studio-gallery dedicated to the expanded practice of the artist's book. In her work, she interweaves her own photography with found objects, in a reflection on the integration of artistic and curatorial practices in installation and publishing. Established as an imprint of msdm studio, msdm publications are a small-scale model of photobook publishing, integrating photographic and book art practices. Book woorks are guided by artistic research and investigation of both formal and conceptual aspects of the photobook medium, making for a distinctive approach to photobook publishing. Artist Statement I have been converting spaces that have a unique architecture into studio and gallery for the past five years. A late 19th century Industrial warehouse previously used for storage, a warehouse unit that had been a printer’s workshop in the 1980s, a 1940s art deco electricity showroom that had also been the UK border agency offices in the 1990s and, currently, a community day centre with its own nursery. The industrial heritage of these amazing buildings that are going through a gentrification cycle leading to their demolition has an emotional resonance that allows me to develop new work inspired and opens up possibilities for a continuous flow of creative output. A great thing in this typology of space is to be able to invite artists to make work with me, to let them build an idea, see close-up how they work, being influenced by the site, materials in the studio and life outside.