In response to Paddy’s "Come to Collect" musical piece, I began to think about communication and dirty laundry. Washing out our mouths, having difficult conversations about roots, racism, history and learned behaviours in these times. I collected images of fellow tongues and cut them out/painted them and placed them around a circular wedge of cork world with a three-legged symbol in the middle. I also cut out a series of ears. This three-legged symbol - A "Triskelion" of sorts - "it will stand whichever way you throw it" is pinned in the centre with blood or lava flowing from the central point; a cleanse, rebirth of land and islands, a symbol of human movement, migration and adaptation across continents - a rising to the surface, a rinsing out and recognition of the stains of history and an ode to the continuation of conscious listening ears and speaking out and expressing with our tongues. Re-humanising.
Greer Pester was born in 1988 in Glasgow, Scotland. She graduated with a degree in Painting and Sculpture from Edinburgh College Of Art in 2010. She has been living and working between the UK and Mexico for the past 4 years, teaching art in Mexico City and Glasgow. She currently lives and works in Scotland.
Greer's work explores human sensuality and vulnerability with her patchwork of collage, drawing, painting, and sculpture. Ranging from detailed linear graphic work to bold bright expansive cut out forms. Her colourful palette embodies the exotic and erotic, taking enrichment from many years living and working in Mexico and through cultural exchanges and residencies in Europe, Africa and the US.
Her work is intimately linked with the feminine energy touching on corporal themes, explorations of the body but also in relation to nature, exploring the fear, fascination, and mirroring of mother earth. Using a vocabulary of symbolism on these subjects, she explores the human states of connection; vulnerability, intimacy and ecstatic experiences. In their executions we find collage, painting, drawing, fabric sculptures, plasticine and tactile media. Bordered by colors and shapes that can refer us to the infantile and feminine.
A key inspiration and fuel for her practice is her work as an art educator and social artist. She is regularly delivering creative workshops with members of the public and works closely with children. Her socially engaged practice always informs her work. A deep anthropological curiosity for all that is human and social, our relationships with nature and the natural, honest and intimate states of how many exist and engage with the world.
You can find more information about her work at www.greerpester.com and through her Instagram accounts: @greerpester (visual art) & @greer_socialart (workshops).