Open Studios 1: Joanna Kessel, Jenny Pope, Duncan Robertson and Stephen Skrynka

Open Studios 1: Joanna Kessel, Jenny Pope, Duncan Robertson and Stephen Skrynka

Tuesday 6 April at 7pm

An exciting new series of virtual visits to the studios of artists exhibiting in this year’s RSA Annual Exhibition.

In this first event we drop in on four artists who all use materials in a variety of interesting ways. Join Kate Downie RSA as she leads  this whistle stop tour to hear about their work and studio practice.

Joanna Kessel creates contemporary mosaics utilising hand-cut Venetian gold leaf mosaic, marble and smalti, often combined with cast and polished concrete.  Her work is nationally and internationally renowned and frequently exhibited in the biennale Ravenna Mosaico in Italy.  Joanna will discuss the importance of materials and the meditative aspects of making.

Jenny Pope has a WASPS studio in Edinburgh. She trained at Edinburgh College of Art, gaining a BA in Ceramics and then an MA in Sculpture. She divides her time between practicing artist and working in mental health and well being and these experiences significantly affect her visual language. Currently she is creating a collection of tools using old objects exploring psychological change, combining different components to layer the past functions and specific applications to create a non-linear narrative, to capture the intangible way in which we make decisions, inform changes and how our minds deal with uncertainty.

Duncan Robertson studied sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art and later under Eduardo Paolozzi at the Akademie der bildenden Künste, München.  He is a former RSA Friends’ Bursary winner and a Kinross Scholar.  Duncan works with a wide variety of materials and techniques from his studio at  Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop.

Stephen Skrynka tries to initiate a dialogue through joyful and playful experimentation with materials, painting and performance. His current work is about the constant cycle of love and loss, risk and failure, repair and renewal always exploring ways of revealing the beauty and truth of human failure and the true cost of following your dreams.

Anything worth doing has to have an element of risk and a human cost attached. I like to challenge conventional notions of success and explore the ways failure can be far more revealing and life-affirming. I do this through use of material which is or becomes damaged, cracked or flawed. I also do this through taking on ridiculous challenges. I worked throughout lockdown in isolation building a Wall of Death in my garden shed later relocating to the Barclay Curle building on The Clyde and joined, one by one, by a team of devoted volunteers. My work follows a methodical sequence of production but the results leave everything to chance, the whole process inviting disaster.

This event is free but if you would like to give a donation to support our events programme  please do so HERE

Series: Tuesdays 6 & 20 April, 4 & 18 May  7-8pm