A collaboration between an art lecturer and a university professor has resulted in a competition win and a highly commended award in Swansea University’s Research as Art competition.
Practicing artist Mandy Lane who teaches an honours degree course in sculpture at Coleg Sir Gâr’s Carmarthen School of Art, worked in partnership with professor Kirsti Bohata, head of gender studies at Swansea University in a project culminating in a piece of artwork called Iron on the Dress. The piece, which used molten iron and a 100 year old dress, was the artist’s response to the professor’s research into the life and fiction of British industrialist Amy Dillwyn, an early feminist writer who created one of the earliest examples of Victorian lesbian fiction.
The university’s Research as Art competition is the only one of its kind with an interest in research and storytelling behind the artwork.
Mandy Lane said: “I was thrilled to be selected for the Wales Arts Review residency in March during which I worked with professor Bohata who helped me with my research into Amy Dillwyn.
“She put forward her research and my artwork and I’m thrilled we were named as one of 15 winners.”
Above: Iron on the Dress. Click here to learn more about Professor Bohata and her work.
Listen to the podcast: Wales Arts Review‘s artist in residence for March, Mandy Lane, discusses the figure at the centre of her project, the indefatigable Amy Dillwyn.