Patricia Azevedo & Clare Charnley
Visual artists Patricia Azevedo and Clare Charnley‘s joint practice is concerned with giving material form to a series of encounters, games and stories to do with the act of communication itself. Often this involves working with the public.
Both artists have shown widely and internationally. For their work together they have received awards from Arts Council England, Visiting Arts and The British Council. They were finalists for The Northern Art Prize 2009. In addition their work has been exhibited in The Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool; Exchange Mechanism, Belfast Exposed Gallery, Belfast; The Drawing Shed, Project Space Leeds; Crunchtime2010, York; 23rd Festival Les Instants Vidéo, Marseilles; Coastal Currents, Hastings and St Leonards; Giessen Video Festival, Germany; Magaio Voicescapes, Binaural, Portugal; Platforma, London; PNEM Sound Art Festival, Netherlands.
Cave is a response to rural Northumberland. Sound recordings were made there with residents and visitors on small red audio-units. In the video a hand plays these as monologues. Forced together, the voices become a fictitious community, though a sense of isolation persists. As the light fades they take on other connotations; stars, souls, cities – though these romantic readings are undercut by the ordinariness of the speech they transmit.