This is 5 Questions. Each week, we send five questions to an artist featured in Under the Radar, our weekly email highlighting the best art on the ArtSlant network. This week we seek answers from Romily Alice Walden.
What are you trying to communicate with your work?
I’m interested in asking questions and opening up dialogues with my work. My practice is centered around the construct of gender and its interplay with other social categorizations and power differentials. I want my work to be part of furthering the discourse surrounding women’s rights, women’s sexual agency, pornography, pleasure and the body within the framework of the Post-Internet age.
What is an artist’s responsibility?
To ask questions?
Show us the greatest thing you ever made (art or not)?
Utopias (IRL//URL), 2017
I always feel most excited about my newest work, or work that I have in development. At the moment I’m developing some code which allows for my neon work to react to both IRL and URL stimuli: voices, movement, emails, tweets, etc. This new facet of my work is interesting to me as it moves the practice beyond a purely sculptural realm and into the world of installation; allowing the work itself to develop and adapt in line with the present moment.
Tell us about a work you want to make but never will:
I’d like to fill a space with so many neon nudes that when you looked at the work it queered the lines of gender, form and physicality—so that the individual forms would blur to create a vision of a genderless and bodiless utopia.
Who are three artists we should know but probably don’t?
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