UCL Art Musuem.

The impact of the research residency at the museum is still showing through in the studio, here is a recent painting made from sketches and photographs from the collection.


After hours, acrylic on panel, 2014

Exploring portraiture at UCL art museum

Prior to graduation from the Slade in 2011 I participated in the ‘Moreover’ exhibition, organised jointly by the Slade and UCL Art Museum. Having previously used digital imagery as reference, the time spent with the prints brought a new dimension to my work; I shifted away from linear representation to a more embodied depiction of form.The research focused on ‘anonymous, untitled’ prints, which inspired a body of work called ANON – a series of monotypes, each a unique original print, that explore identity within portraiture. Having gained so much from this period of study, in September 2011  I proposed to develop the project further. By expanding the search to include all forms of portraiture, the research would involve a wider exploration of the formal, conceptual and aesthetic qualities of the genre.
Three portraits from the Anon series, 2011
 Anon 14, Anon 4, Anon 3

Normally, prints are identified through the catalogue system, through a search for a particular artists or keyword. However, rather than search through the database for ‘portrait’ as a title, the idea was to open every archive box searching for portraits.
A portrait by Rembrandt examined through a magnifying glassThis also allowed a closer insight into the both the collection and museum’s archive system. Each time a box was opened there was a sense of excitement, with prints several centuries apart in the same box.  The experience of viewing the prints and drawings on easels has been a focal point of this experience. The sense of size, scale and material are often lost in documentation and I gained so much from observing this first hand. Back in the studio scale has been a central theme with the new paintings. A body of work in response to the research has started to take shape;  some are transcriptions of a specific print, whilst others are a wider response to the collection and modes of museum cataloguing.

Guest Blog for UCL art Museum     http://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/museums/tag/nadine-mahoney/
As my research residency at UCL art museum is coming to an end, I will be posting highlights of the project. Below is a photo of rembrandt drypoint. Viewing his prints unglazed was a such unique experience, especially as many were early prints of an unfinished plate.

KF residency

As artist in residence at the KF collection, I will be making works over this week which will be on display at the launch night next week. Here is a selection of images that will also be on show.


Day 5

A couple of pics of me working in the windows. Its such a great opportunity to make these large scale works but after 6 days of climbing up and down the ladder I am looking forward to taking in easy next week. I will however, really miss the beautiful light, working with so much natural light is such a luxury, especially being surrounded with the illumiated colour. The way the ultramarine and violet shine through the space is really inspiring.

Creative Review – The Slade at Heal’s

Creative Review – The Slade at Heal’s

The Slade at Heal’s


Posted by Eliza Williams, 2 February 2011, 12:35 Permalink Comments (2)

For this week only, Heal’s homewares store in London has offered up its window display to ten artists from the UCL Slade School of Fine Art, who will work in the space as well as display original artworks created during their stay.

This is the second Artists in Residence project at Heal’s, with the first taking place last February. A number of artists from last year are in fact returning to the project for a second year, suggesting that working as live artist-models under the constant scrutiny of the public can prove a surprisingly fruitful way of making artworks. Amongst those returning is Alex Springer, who has taken a variety of kitchenware products from the store, including a kettle and a Brabantia bin, and converted them into pinhole cameras. Customers are invited to use these cameras to take photos, which Springer will develop and then display in the store.

Alex Springer developing photos in Heal’s, plus his kettle-camera

Also returning is Cansu Aladag, who offers up an installation that is part-performance, part craft display. She will sit in the window of the store for the duration of the week, knitting with a giant pair of needles created with walking sticks, and will also host small workshops on the weekend to teach customers how to knit, so they can help contribute to her in-store installation. Haruka Ono is also creating an interactive work – a large-scale treasure map of the Heal’s building on which customers are invited to illustrate or draw directions to their favourite products around the store.

Cansu Aladag knits in the Heal’s window

There is an eclectic range of other artworks being created over the week. Estelle Holland is making a hand-drawn animation of two people making a bed, which will be projected onto the canopy of a four-poster bed that customers must lie on to view, while Poppy Whatmore has set up a fantasy furniture-making workshop in her part of the window. Nadine Mahoney (shown top, and below) is incorporating the store window itself into her work, using it as a printing plate to produce images that will then be displayed in the space. She will also host small printing workshops during the week.

Nadine Mahoney is using the window as a printing press

Day 1 Heals 2011

Made 5 of the huge prints today, and looking forward to working on new images tomorrow. All the prints came out so differently, this is why I love monoprinting- a simple technique with so much variety. The glass temperature changed a lot during the day which had a direct effect on the prints as the ink was softer when hot and stiffer when cold.

May need to pace myself, its exhausting working on this scale.