Artist Svetlana Ochkovskaya has been shortlisted by Aspex for the Platform Graduate Award 2017

Artist and recent creative graduate from Southampton Solent University, Svetlana Ochkovskaya has been nominated by Aspex for the Platform Graduate Award 2017.

For the Platform Graduate Award 2017, forty-one graduate artists from universities across the South East region were selected and exhibited at five partner galleries, all members of CVAN South East (Contemporary Visual Arts Network South East).

From their respective exhibitions, each participating gallery nominated one artist to be considered for the award. This comprises of a year-long professional development programme with artist and our Artist Advisor Jonathan Parsons, as well as a £2,500 bursary.

The four other shortlisted artists are: Sophie Barber (University of Brighton at Sussex Coast College Hastings), nominated by De La Warr Pavilion, Elizabeth Cahill (University of Hertfordshire), nominated by MK Gallery), Nathan Caldecott (Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford), nominated by Modern Art Oxford and Stephen Foy-Philp (Canterbury Christ Church University), nominated by Turner Contemporary.

Describing her experience of taking part in #Platform2017, Ochkovskaya said:

"I am so pleased to have had such a great and an exciting opportunity to taking part in the Platform Graduate Award at Aspex, alongside the other creative graduates.  Through these professional experiences I have learned to work collaboratively within a group, to plan, to organise, to negotiate and to curate my own work within Platform 2017 exhibition".

Read below to find out more about the artist, her creative practice and plans for the future.

Tell us about the site-specific installation Green Planet (G Planet), currently exhibiting as part of the Platform Graduate Award 2017.

G Planet is a video performance embedded in the site-specific installation. My work invites the audience to walk into the immersive and fabricated installation of a post-human environment and through this I intend to unify the audience’s disrupted modernist subjectivity.  

The pieces featured in the Platform Graduate Award 2017 are placed in a site-specific installation in a familiar space, but the objects’ utility is masked through the fantastical environment and a video performance.  Through gesture and physicality of the work performativity is evident in the work without life performance.

Additionally, UV lighting and the deployment of non-art materials including expanding foam, cling film, plastic sheets, double bed frame, baby cot, balloons and my own body contribute to generate an immersive experience.  They are intentionally ambiguous as they are left for the audience to decide what exactly is being revealed to them.  The colour and light are crucial as our minds are affected by them and they have the integral and fundamental functions in everyday lived experience.  Through this work I would like to illustrate the way in which humans live now and how it may affect the environment which may even end soon”.

Where do the major themes of your work come from?

“My research is based on the object-oriented ontology, speculative realism and notion of ‘thingness’. I am interested in exploring the transformation of objects, materials and my own body, evident in my video performances Mutant and Body.  The work featuring in my Degree Show and in the Platform Graduate Award called Green Planet (G Planet) as it is associated with mysterious and unclassifiable post human land for me".

Is this diverse way of working a common theme within your practice?

“Yes. I am interested in exploring the transformation of everyday objects, materials and my own body in estranged spaces and the transformation of physical materials with video performance”.

Looking ahead to the future - what are your plans?

“I am undertaking a two year MFA course at Goldsmiths, University of London to specialise in particular areas of art such as interactive site-specific installation and performance art.  I would like to make a career as an artist.

In term of my practice I intend to explore the ‘thingness’ in my research further in order to give the audience the opportunity to see a transformative potential in everyday and invite the viewer to open up a new way of seeing the world and their place within it.”.

Finally, what advice would you offer creative graduates in their final year?

“My advice for all creative graduate is: be proactive, make your own opportunities, and dream and take risks”.  

The Platform Graduate Award 2017 runs until 26 November at Aspex. 

The Platform Graduate Award is an initiative led by CVAN South East (Contemporary Visual Arts Network South East) and is a partnership between five galleries: Aspex in Portsmouth, De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea, MK Gallery in Milton Keynes, Modern Art Oxford and Turner Contemporary in Margate.