Amba Sayal-Bennett & Ralph Hunter-Menzies

Amba Sayal-Bennett lives and works in London. She received her BFA from Oxford University and her MA in The History of Art from The Courtauld Institute. She has recently completed her PhD in Art Practice and Learning at Goldsmiths.

Ralph Hunter-Menzies lives and works in London. He received his BFA from Chelsea College of Art and Design.

Crazy Talk

‘Crazy Talk’ is a collaboration between artists Amba Sayal-Bennett and Ralph Hunter-Menzies, a joint exploration of surface intervention through text and mark-making. The work developed out of a shared interest in the material history of billboard sites, multi-layered surfaces, often bearing signs of wear and tear or vandalism. The artists consider the billboards role as a modern palimpsest, experimenting with the idea of visible and invisible layers, public and private messages, indexical and printed marks. The text within the image itself:- ‘Crazy Talk’ exists as a trompe l’oeil, a playful yet simulated revealing of layers. The artists contemplate the billboards role as a live surface, an interface for not only artistic collaboration, but also material and interpretive practices: the myriad ways in which the context impacts on the image.


UKYA City Takeover: Nottingham 2019

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