'RSA New Contemporaries 2019' / by Elizabeth Day

The ‘RSA New Contemporaries 2019’ is now open, running at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh until April 3rd.

The ‘RSA New Contemporaries 2019’ is now open, running at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh until April 3rd.

The RSA NEW CONTEMPORARIES, supported by Walter Scott & Partners Limited, represents the RSA’s commitment to promoting contemporary art in Scotland. Now in its eleventh year, this carefully curated exhibition offers a unique opportunity to see some of Scotland’s finest emerging talent under one roof. Showcasing 63 graduates selected from the 2018 degree shows, this exhibition will feature a wonderful array of painting, sculpture, film-making, photography, printmaking, installation and architecture.

You can check out a copy of my artist statement for this event, as well as some images of my work in situ by clicking through the slideshow below;

Elizabeth Ann Day’s practice has been primarily led by intense research into collecting, and its relationship to mass production and consumerism. The fad known as ‘instant collectibles’ (coined by American business professor Russell W. Belk) has led much of this research.

In ‘Indulge your taste for fine art’, Day strips back six examples of ‘instant collectibles’, choosing to cast them in plain white plaster. Featuring all the traits of a cheap commercial, two film works accompany the casts displaying a toll-free number that the public is actively encouraged to call.

Day graduated with a BA Hons in Fine Art from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. The artist has gone on to receive a place on the University of Dundee’s 2018-19 Graduate Residency programme.

You can also check out my RSA:NC highlights via my instagram and below;