Yoke (meaning to connect or join) is the collaboration between Annie Nelson and Chris Woodward. The work of Yoke seeks to offer alternatives to our fast paced society, questioning our perpetual desire for quick fixes and fast solutions, challenging the audience to move away from predetermined views. Through an interest in the environment and how it has been shaped both physically & socially they explore the stories of people and places.
The work is multi-disciplinary, utilising a wide variety of materials such as fabric, wood, ceramic and printed media to create sculpture, installation and intervention. It often involves intense methods of working and repetitive labour such as Bollard Mandala (2015), 2000 handmade ceramic bollards.
The collaborative duo considers the role of the viewer as pro-active and important, often thinking about the setting the work is shown and designing the encounter. To this end they may ask the audience to play a part in the work in some way. Their sculptural sand interventions Border Control & Welcome Matt (2016) created obstructions on a beach that controlled people's navigation. Although these physical obstructions could be simply stepped over or washed away they created psychological barriers that enticed the audience to reflect on the work beyond its initial visual pleasure.
There is awareness in the work of the conditioning of consumer's attention spans to be brief by the inherent quality of advertising. In using strong imagery, graphics, and colour the work entices the audience by giving them initial pleasure. The painstaking making process shows a commitment to the importance of the subject matter and is in contrast to our throw away society.
Annie Nelson b. 1987, Leicester, UK
Chris Woodward b. 1987, Preston, UK
City and Guilds Carpentry & Joinery [A.N]
B.A. (Hons) Fine Art (1stClass), Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds [A.N]
BTEC Diploma Art and Design (Distinction) DMU, Leicester [A.N]
B.A. (Hons) Fine Art (2:1), Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds [C.W]
Diploma Art and Design (Distinction), Runshaw College [C.W]
Undercurrent, The Art House Wakefield, Also showcased as part of the Knitting & Stitching touring show at Alexandra Palace - London, RDS - Dublin & Harrogate international centre.
We Can Only See Today, Tŷ Pawb, Wrexham
Selected Group Exhibitions
Leeds/Bilbao Residency Exchange Exhibition, Poca Gallery, Spain,
Wrecsam Art Vend, Wales
I Know You; You Can Come With Me, Oriel Wrecsam, Wales
Colonize Revisited, Arena Studios and Gallery, Liverpool
Colonize’ Jamestown, New York
Awards, Residencies and Commissions
Artist Reality, Nourish, YVAN (Yorkshire Visual Arts Network)
Akkyduck, Arts Council England Project Grant
Wakefield Arts Partnership micro commision
Ideas That Unify Us, YVAN (Yorkshire Visual Arts Network)
Inc. Workshop, Leeds [C.W]
Hove Festival Artist in Residence, Norway [C.W]
Orange and Green Skills for Sustainable Futures, Sustainable Design, Built Environment, Cordoba, Spain [A.N]
Enjoy Artspace, Artist in Residence, Leeds [C.W]
Cyprus School of Art [A.N]
Selected Curatorial Projects
Woolgather’s Art Vent, Arts Council England Project Grant
Woolgather Art Prize, Arts Council England Project Grant
Bring Your Own Art Weekend, Leeds
Woolagther’s Art Prize, Leeds