Changing Room Gallery presents 'RES. 001’ featuring Ella Hackett and Martha Armitage. The first of our residencies series was in the back of a garment store on Old Compton St, Soho, London.
During the residency, Hackett, a painter, used the space like her own studio, taking advantage of the natural light. Her paintings explored the symbolism and allegorical interpretations of modern-day vices in personal and domestic spaces.
Armitage, on the other hand, used the space architecturally, creating paintings and drawings that culminated in a sculpture at the end of the residency. Her sculptures explored cultural gatekeeping and privilege in the arts industry and education.
Despite their different artistic practices and disciplines, the artists engaged in conversations about their methods of work and previous education, which influenced and inspired each other. Although they led separate lives, they shared skills and learned from each other's practices, over the course of the residency.