From our treatment of the planet to our mental environments; from boundaryless work/play places of labour to the spaces concealed behind closed doors: the physical, virtual and psychological environments we create are affected by our state of mind, and our state of mind affects the environments we create.
Our relationship to the world can oscillate between comfort and fear; calmness and violence; security and uncertainty. How far does a person’s circle of care extend - to their mind, their body, family, street, the planet? After an extraordinary year that has redefined our relationship to the domestic, Degrees of Freedom reconsiders home, domesticity and labour: from the intimate psychological to planetary scale.
Degrees of Freedom is a collaborative painting and video installation project between artists Jill Tate and Matt Pickering. Degrees of Freedom draws on stark, minimal and exaggerated domestic interiors born of terracotta and concrete: materials with mixed connotations of earth and architecture, wellness and work. Working collaboratively on scale- and life-size models of interior scenes, Degrees of Freedom explores the domestic as mind, home, workspace and planet. Our collaborative work will use illusory devices to create a place of puzzles and uncertainties; where through repetition, distortion, and a feedback of forms the viewer will encounter the different dimensions of the domestic.
Degrees of Freedom is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.