JULIE MCCALDEN (UK)
Julie McCalden is an artist based at Spike Island in Bristol, UK. Manifesting in a variety of forms, from performative actions to sculptural installations, all McCalden’s works share a subtle political undertone. Scale (large, miniature and life-size) is frequently used as a device to puncture a works context and challenge viewer expectations.
McCalden’s art practice responds to location, sense of place and culture. During the residency she will look at the differences and universalities that exist between cultures and the position of being an outsider. Dichotomies between east and west, them and us, and other cultural clichés as well as the challenge of the language barrier would be brought to the fore.
She would like to focus on building positive relationships through hosting community events, such as, a shared meal of British dishes with local artists, the arts audience and other interested parties in order to introduce herself and begin the process. Subsequent weekly conversations could develop the work and its curation.
These sessions would be an opportunity for shared learning and exchange across diverse cultural experiences. The conversations and decisions made would effectively direct the work, which would be developed further each week through research, sharing and process.
Though the residency at Rumpueng Art Space, McCalden had explored the different way of living and absorb how the culture affect the way we think and behave. She arranged an event called Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and Artist Talk where she present her works and they way her culture affect her thought and Girl Gang concept.
McCalden also created some experimental sculptures which inspired by local lifestyle.
McCalden had encouraged local artists to join the Girl Gang project and eventually Girl Gang Chiang Mai did 2 performances at Chaiyaporn Sodabunlu Sport Center and Maya Shopping mall.