Brass Art is the longstanding collaborative practice of Chara Lewis, Kristin Mojsiewicz and Anneke Pettican. Within their practice they work between drawing, sculpture, moving image, 3D + 4D bodyscanning technologies, immersive installation, archival interventions, and augmented reality. They use analogue and digital technologies as a means to disrupt conventional narratives and to capture themselves in real and imagined situations. These have included the homes of well-known writers (Bronte’s, Woolf, Freud), museum archives, collections, airports, a bone and ivory pagoda, and hot air balloon flights.
Their playful and irreverent approach to technology centres on aspects of ‘doubling’ and how it is performed within collaborative practice. Using the form of the ‘shadow self’ to represent this process, their manipulation of the body’s anatomical boundaries enables the artists’ portraits to shift between the real and the virtual.
Lewis, Mojsiewicz and Pettican teach at Manchester School of Art at Manchester Metropoliatn University, Edinburgh College of Art at University of Edinburgh, and the School of Arts and Humanities, University of Huddersfield respectively, and their research is supported by these institutions. https://brassart.org.uk/