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This work was specifically created for the Dramatic Need Articulate project in response to "Deep House Music", the verbal testimony of Edgar Nthoroane (16 years old) of Rammulotsi Township, South Africa. Edgar's testimony will be played live alongside the artwork at the ARTiculate event on 27 November and a transcription will be presented to the buyer. http://www.dramaticneed.org/articulate/index.html
“I got involved with the charity for the simple reason that I think what Dramatic need is doing is really important and working. I was terrified that the good work would have to stop due to lack of funds. I know first hand how powerful creating and expressing through arts can be in the healing of trauma and putting life's pains in perspective. I think what Dramatic Need is doing is a very powerful lifeline for vulnerable youngsters and this project was a very simple and direct way to highlight the stories these kids have to tell whilst raising these vital funds.
My piece is about the power of music to transport us somewhere else as a vehicle. As a child, music was a companion for me and took me to all sorts of places and introduced me to concepts and lyrics that I could identify with. I wanted to paint a whole wall full of house music records for Edgar and show two friends on an adventure, or a journey to a better place. The idea being that music can go with you and that you are not alone with a good record. To me the dingy represents a physical support; a suspension and something that can make one float, or perhaps prevent drowning. I managed to track down some of Edgar's favourite records and to listen to them whilst painting so I hope some of the energy of those comes through in the actual markmaking. I believe so strongly in the healing a transformative potential of the arts both for those that create art and those that experience it. This piece also focuses on an idea of 'paradise' that re-appears regularly in my paintings as a kind of fictitious destination and this idea of the human being on a journey. “
Stuart Semple (b.1980) is a British artist and curator. Educated at Bretton Hall in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Stuart came to prominence at the start of the millennium through making his distinctive social commentary drawings available via eBay. Since then he has enjoyed many major international exhibitions dedicated to his large scale canvases and installation works in Italy, Hong Kong, London and New York. His works can be found in collections including the Getty, Langen, David Roberts and Niarchos foundations, exhibited recently at the Goss-Michael foundation and on the walls of One Hyde Park. Semple's paintings are also housed worldwide in Moncler’s flagship stores. His works have been well received during international art fairs including Art Basel Miami, Hong Kong Art Fair, Frieze and Art Chicago. Stuart is a keen collaborator and has worked on projects with Lady Gaga, The Prodigy, Gary Numan and Selfridges. In 2012 he became the first artist to release a digitally-created body of work, titled Exit, on iTunes. He is on the advisory board of the International Child Art Foundation and an ambassador for Mind. He has also been on judging panel for the Cork Street Open and the expert panel for CoolBrands. Currently, Stuart is preparing to take his 2013 London solo exhibition Suspend Disbelief on a tour of Australia in 2014, in Melbourne and Sydney.
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