My art practice currently explores the relationship between sound, sculpture and installation, investigating the function of art through wellbeing and sacredness. This includes constructing geometric installations from reconditioned wooden pallets, creating vessels to contain therapeutic sound frequencies. I am interested in how the mechanics of sound propagates and penetrates matter through friction, vibrating at a related resonance to sculptural geometry. I am researching how this in turn can improve the health of a person who engages with the work by encouraging cells in the body to vibrate at their own optimal frequency. In addition to practicing art I am a qualified Sound Therapist and member of the College of Sound Healing.
Live-art and participatory rituals are incorporated within my practice to traverse metaphysical concepts and spirituality. This is influenced by a two year self-directed international residency in Kartong, The Gambia, where I performed as a tradition village Djembe (drum) player, exploring a physical, emotional and spiritual connection to rhythmic vibration. Whilst there, I participated in animistic rituals at sacred sites, performed by village elders who use their voice to chant and offer blessings, connecting participants to their higher intentions through an intimate relationship with the natural world.
My working preference is to collaborate with other artists, to socially engage with marginalised people and connect with artists across an international platform.
Based at the Arches Studios, Southampton: http://aspacearts.org.uk/studios/arches-studios
An Associate Artist at Chapel Arts Studios: http://www.chapelartsstudios.co.uk/artists/tony-spencer/
PDF version: Tony Spencer CV
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