NSP 2017 Finalist • Zoe Maslen
Zoe is a bespoke art installation designer working in London with Design Consultancy firm Acrylicize. A recent graduate of Fine Art from Oxford Brookes University, Zoe specializes in storytelling artwork that evolves from the narrative or history of a space. Classically trained as a painter, Zoe has a creative skill-set in drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. Since graduating Zoe has exhibited her work in Oxford, London and been shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize. As a process artist Zoe has developed an interest in installations which provoke the participation of the viewer to reveal new ways of viewing a space.
I like to be provoked to question. Reminded of something I'd long forgotten, be pushed into looking through new eyes. We often take it as a novelty, being shown new things or even more so, being told we might not know everything.
My work has always had a single thread stitching together theories and ideologies about our place in the environment we reside. This thread is entirely based on challenging the viewer to look at the world differently, engage with it, reproach the expected and seemingly understood with an open enough mind to accept that maybe we can still discover new things.
My public artwork has always used an element of reflection, both literally and figuratively, using reflections to create windows you happen upon. These windows force the viewer to see something and appreciate it on it's own, detached from its landscape. In this reflection of discovering things you may have missed, I aim to find and share serenity.