Aneta Kempa • Student Award 2014

Aneta Kempa is a Polish artist, who currently resides in Swansea. Graduating in July 2014 with a BA in Photography in the Arts from Swansea College of Art, UWTSD, Kempa is lens-based artist who is working with various photographic formats, audio and video. For last three year Kempa was engaged in an exploration of memory and passing of the time. Kempa’s recent work is based on her own grandmother’s dementia.

Artist Statement

Time. Before I can name it, it is gone. However, it is always present, although it dies each second. A timeless chronology. A mythical serpent still eating its tail.

Time passes and we are powerless; we pass and are passed at the same time. I look at photographs and I know that whatever I am looking at has already happened.
What is left is the awareness that this loss is the necessary condition under which photographs may be taken. Since I cannot even experience time authentically, is it possible to arrive at its physical image?
‘Do you remember me…?’ is a portrait of my grandmother. Memory remains were picked up from the ruins of dementia and elderly age. The remains turn into my personal dialogue, my quiet hope that maybe I am still somewhere out there in her memories. It is the request for myself that I never forget… Suddenly every detail becomes important: the movement of her hand, every glance, the fragility of the moment, which never will return.
Pictures become videos.
To remember everything she will forget in a moment. See the destruction of forgetfulness …
To see the world she is living in…


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Highly Commended 2014

The recipient of the Jane Phillips Award Student Prize was selected by Mission Gallery and the Jane Phillips Award Chairman. We would also like to draw attention to our Highly Commended candidates.


Shelby George

Shelby creates bespoke interior fabrics. Committed to the exploration of traditional textile techniques, her graduate collection is a mix of luxurious velvet, silk, and wool blends. The work draws from photographs of stone from her Grandfathers quarry and the Jurassic coast. Her chosen pallet is a combination of muted and rich colour, drawn from the natural qualities of stone. A layering of silkscreen processes communicates the textural nature of limestone, Cotswold stone and Indian slate. The use of devoré, flock, foiling, shibori and hand dyeing provides a unique combination of embellishment and manipulation, which both builds upon and strips down surfaces. This has provided her materials with tactile, translucent and texture rich qualities. She hopes to per sue a career in interiors and silk-screen.
Karen Tobin 2 - Image by Richard South

Karen Tobin 

Tobin is a recent fine art graduate of UWTSD Swansea. Her degree show work, entitled Remnant, is the culmination of 3 years of research into compatible metaphors for the human mind, specifically its deterioration or rehabilitation, following mental illness. The process of weaving lends itself to being interpreted in this way. Thoughts can be tangled and emotions can fray in similar ways to thread and fabric. Furthermore the word ‘remnant’ is included in this shared language. A remnant is a scrap of unused fabric, a fragment or leftover – the residue of something once far greater.

Photography by Richard South