Tina Dempsey’s interdisciplinary creative practice is an ongoing material exploration of cultural landscapes. Reacting to the social, physical and emotional spaces she traverses, documenting and re-appropriating images into abstracted forms that propose alternative realities. Today’s modes of communications; in particular popular culture and media, provide an unceasing glut of imagery which becomes the inspiration and source material for her work. Dismantling, constructing and re-assembling this information via painting, collage, sculpture, drawing and print generates the potential to re-engage the viewers everyday associations and knowledge of language and behavioural attitudes towards ways of seeing and interpreting visual stimuli. Through the process of material experimentation the work intuitively strives for balance between trend, topics and taste when thinking about social and contemporary amalgamations of the things we make use of; their form, their relationships and its impact.
Tina Dempsey graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in 2016 with a BA (First Class Honours) in Fine Art. In 2016 she received second prize in the Bath Open Art Prize, held at 44AD Gallery, Bath. Group shows include On – Going at SLOE Gallery, Manchester, AIR Open 2017 at AIR Gallery, Altringham, Looking In, Looking Through at Neo:gallery23, Bolton, Small World at Mirabel Studios, Manchester and Abingdon Studios at Grundy Gallery, Blackpool. In 2017 she was selected for a place on the Tracing PAPER Scheme, a 9 month mentoring programme with PAPER Gallery in Manchester and she is also the recipient of the Associate Artist Award for Art B&B, Art Bed & Breakfast: A pioneering platform for experiencing contemporary art. As part of her practice, Tina regularly works on a range of creative engagement projects, working with galleries, councils, non-profit arts organisations and schools to bring exciting arts sessions to a diverse range of communities.