The five core members of Dogma 19 Artists are: Nicola Siebert Patel, Hamish Pringle, Claire Michel, Gail Theis, and Kate Rossini who was invited to join in January 2023 in place of Joana Passos.
Nicola Siebert Patel
I mostly draw ideas from objects found within recognised faiths which carry metaphorical weight. Fascinated by the human need to create something to believe in, I try to use appropriation with a touch of irony and underlying humour which I feel is required when dealing with this topic, as, by its very definition, a belief in something requires no evidence of its existence.
An example is casting giant lead prayer beads which cannot be worn or touched due to their size and being made from a poisonous metal.
The process of making is important to me and whatever form of expression that takes be it sculpture or painting.
I think of my work as 'gym equipment' for the mind. I make art out of attrition to exercise the subconscious, prompt historical narratives, and create new links. I use a variety of materials in my sculptures and collages, and many are abrasives. Sandpaper, with its rough and smooth sides, expresses duality, temporality, and possibility. I use abrasives to explore the process of attrition in nature, society, relationships, and language. This produces art works using metaphors and semiotics to trigger memories and associations. Attrition occurs at junctions where the organic collides with the inorganic; as people meet in love or war; when words are changed by usage, or juxtaposition with images or materials.
Through storytelling, I explore the intricacies of loss. Drawn to psychoanalysis as a way to better understand the constructs of identity, I take individual traumas and human stories as a starting point. I seek the uncanny, the untold, and often involve the subconscious as part of my creative process. I also use dreams, childhood memories, and forgotten states as starting material for my work. I am also interested in revealing the cracks of life via a process of fragmentation and erasure. I represent the absent body through narratives and physical gestures. The absence then creates a heavy presence.
Throughout my life I have travelled extensively, moving from house to house and often country to country. For my first thirty years I never stayed longer than four years in one place. Because of this unrooted existence, my family and friends have been my visceral shelter and not the bricks or the country I reside in. I am a figurative painter and quiltmaker. I build layers of symbolism to develop a narrative. My work often draws from my early experiences and emotions. I consider my place in time, then and now and I paint memories and people in liminal space: the transition between now, then and future.
Kate is a new core member having been invited to join Dogma 19 as a guest artist for the first show of 2023 'Fallen' with leaves as the primary material. Kate is a Londoner and her work is about exploring aspects of her own identity using surrealist techniques to access the subconscious mind - looking inwards to mine what is hidden - exploring the juxtaposition between methodologies that impose rules & elements of chance in creating work and those freed from rational control.
In December 2022, Joana decided to focus on her ceramics business at her new studio and shop in Lisbon: https://joanapassos.com/about One of five Founder members, Joana created work for a fourteen of our exhibitions. Indeed she says her Dogma 19 experience was instrumental in developing as a ceramicist,
In May 2022 Fio decided to stand down from Dogma 19 to focus on her MA in Arts and Ecology at Dartington Trust. One of five Founder members, Fio was active in our debates and created work for a dozen of our exhibitions. We thank her for her involvement and contribution.