I am currently studying my final year at the University of Leeds on the Fine Art programme where i will recieve BA Fine Art with international Honours in July 2014, i recently returned from an Erasmus study programme in Budapest, Hungary where i was studying at the Hungarian University of Fine Art. I currently am the head curator at the Debut Series, which is a gallery space at Leeds University which predominantly organizes one day, one artist, one work shows of all types. I am also using this space to set up international connections and exhibitions, i am currently organizing a show in Puebla, Mexico with an ex-student of Leeds University.
Within my own practice i work with many different themes and agendas as well as working in many different mediums, ranging from screenprinting and other printmaking techniques such as photo gravure, to action based performative works as well as being an avid collector of things and images, often collecting many of the same thing to create something much larger. Often with my work i'm trying to rework the dominant popular visual culture vernacular for my own means, creating something that hopefully blends into the outside world, and maybe doesn't even seem like art but a part of visual culture/the norm. Often revolving around social and political issues that we encounter, in a hope of highlighting them or offering an alternative to them, as i believe it a responsibility of artists if we are aware of the problems with society it is detrimental and ignorant to avoid them and cover them up with an escapists art, art shouldn't be for distracting us from the world but for showing us the world and helping us to understand society and rework what needs reworking.
To see more of my work check out my blog at www.mdainsworth.blogspot.com
Martin Kirby Prize 2012
Martin Kirby Prize