The Oaksmith Studio Prize 2011 - Supporting Up & Coming Artists

Oaksmith Studio was born out of a passion for inspiring art and design and a desire to play an active part in it. In order to enter into an engaging and inspiring dialogue with artists and their work we have created the Oaksmith Studio Prize, an annual prize in kind to a fine art graduate student of particular merit.

We chose visual artist Georgina McNamara to be the first recipient of the prize in 2011 and are incredibly excited to have worked with her on her MA Fine Art degree show at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.

McNamara’s work deals with emotional susceptibilities and our relationship to the world. Using strong physical and sculptural elements, she consistently uses the body to represent her thoughts and ideas.
Lodged awkwardly between photography and performance art, her current series ‘Performances’ includes staged sequences to re-create actions.
Generally involving a figure in unremarkable surroundings, everyday qualities keep the actions firmly rooted in reality. A quiet humour is used to observe the small unreported routines and tragedies of our day to day lives with elements of slapstick and the absurd.

Directly influenced by Muybridge and Baldessari, McNamara’s recent works playfully explore how the mood of a person can be physically and metaphorically masked.

McNamara’s work can be seen as part of the MA Fine Art degree show at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design (107-109 Charing Cross Road, London) from Wednesday 31 August – Monday 5 September 2011.

Moreover, she has recently been awarded the Bar- Tur Award for Photography / Identities and is shortlisted for the prestigious Bloomberg New Contemporaries exhibition to be shown both in Sheffield and at the ICA in London later in the year.

Georgina McNamara
Detail from Untitled (After Baldessari), 2010
Revolver (working title), 2011
Detail from Revolver I (After Nadar), 2011