Jason Richardson (he/him/his)
There is an excitement that comes with making art, expressing yourself and your ideas, that I think can
only be bettered by an audience reaction, for me that is when an artwork really comes to life. My work
focuses on trying to capitalize on that first sight of an artwork, the initial curiosity, amazement, even
shock or horror. I often find myself daydreaming during and after visiting a gallery or exhibition, we
absorb the things we look at and they change us, we think about them at a deep level and assign
meaning to them. Art can be so powerful in this regard, a work of art can have 1000 meanings or none
at all, and different to every person, I think as artists we can consider ourselves supremely fortunate, to
be in a position to create those brainwaves for us and everyone else, and that is something that I’m
always hoping to achieve in my work.
Coming from a staunchly working-class background, often found loading bricks on a building site or
digging ditches, my life experiences intertwine with the artists, film-makers, scientists and writers that
make up my influences. I admire when somebody has a dream so strong that they can’t not chase it,
fearless creators and thinkers are truly the heartbeat of humanity, and trying to emulate the approach
of these creators is always my goal, however scaled down it might have to be in grandiosity for now.
My work will often bounce back and forth between a few different styles and materials, but the
underlying DNA of my work is structure, weight, line and texture. I use materials that are cheap or free,
cardboard, paper, cotton buds, old bed slats or mattress foam, and use these with the basic elements of
structure and weight etc, to craft objects that continually change, letting them develop as I go, I feel that
this creates a mysterious object, that isn’t exactly one thing but could be a dozen different things. The
freedom to start an artwork and have no idea where it’s going, is always something to be savored.
Before the collapse of man
Can you play the (your homemade) guitar?
Godzilla on the dancefloor
Cotton bud construction