'Brutal'

Mandy Payne

 



2013
Aerosol spray on concrete with wooden frame
32.7 x 46.5 cm

Over the past 18 months I have been exploring Park Hill in Sheffield, the Grade II* listed council estate and one of Britain’s largest examples of Brutalist architecture. The site is currently undergoing regeneration and as such is an interesting place to observe. Part of the estate has been transformed into shiny, luxury flats whilst half remains boarded up and derelict. A small remaining part is still inhabited - the residents remaining resolutely in situ until finally decanted. I am ever drawn to the un-refurbished parts of the development where the memories and layers of the past are almost tangible.

I wanted to create observational paintings that spoke of the desolation and displacement of the established communities and the temporality of the urban landscape. Spending time at Park Hill reinforced to me that concrete is the unifying link throughout the estate and could be regarded as a potential palimpsest. In the refurbished sites the concrete has been restored to exacting standards; in the old parts it is spalled, weathered and tarnished, which gives it a rawness and beauty of its own. I have been working with materials that are integral to the estate itself, namely concrete and aerosol spray paints.

Biography

Sheffield-based Amanda Payne was born in Pontypool in 1964. After training in Dentistry 1982-95 she studied Fine Art at Sheffield College 2007-10 and Nottingham University 2011-13. Group exhibitions include 'Derby City Open' Derby Museum and Art Gallery 2011, 2012, 'South Yorkshire Open Art' (Emerging Artist Award) Cooper Gallery Barnsley 2012. In 2013: 'Harley Open' (Judges’ Prize) Harley Gallery Worksop, 'You Are Here' Arundel Room Millennium Gallery Sheffield, 'University Summer Exhibition' Djanogly Art Gallery Nottingham, Wirksworth Festival Artists’ Trail Derbyshire, 'The Threadneedle Prize' Mall Galleries London, 'Midlands Open' Tarpey Gallery Castle Donington. Solo 'Between Places and Spaces' Tarpey Gallery 2014.

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