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#TOAFtakeover : Graeme Messer

Welcome to #TOAFtakeover, an Instagram series that gives you an insight into the work and life of our artists.

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Good morning and great to be taking over The Other Art Fair Instagram for today. My name is Graeme Messer and I am a multidisciplinary artist working across a variety of mediums and disciplines – I hope to share some of my areas of work with you today.

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Today I will be heading to The Lights of Soho where I have a solo show that is running until Saturday. All my work in this show involves mirrors with lit up phrases – playing with the thoughts that go through our minds as we encounter ourselves. It’s a free exhibition so check it out if you are in Soho – Brewer St.

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Life and Death feature quite a lot in my work and both subjects come together in this piece – an Antique mirror with etching and LED light where the viewer’s face merges with a skull in the mirror. I see this however as an optimistic work – saying live life to the full before it’s too late.

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Popped into my studio The Chocolate Factory, to pick up a couple of things to take to The Lights of Soho for my exhibition.

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Visiting my exhibition ‘I love this Motherf**ker’ at Lights of Soho

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“I love this Motherf**ker” the title piece of my show was censored in the first week and we are in Soho next to a sex shop!!

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One of my favourite pieces in my show – it’s good to feel good about yourself.

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I am always keen to express hidden or even embarrassing thoughts in my work- surely most artists have looked at themselves in the mirror and thought this. But this then brings up a whole host of questions- such as “what does it mean to make it?” and “whose criteria determine whether we have ‘made it’?”

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Final selfies – this SOLD piece will be off to its new home tonight!

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And here is another piece for those who like a bit of bleakness in their art.

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In case it looks like I work entirely with mirrors – here is an assemblage piece of mine exploring time, transience and love.

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In a show made entirely of mirrors it seemed right to satirise the self obsessed selfie generation.

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This piece feels like a good one to end on. Thanks for spending the day with me and it’s been great sharing some of my work with you. Feel free to follow me on Instagram- Facebook- Twitter and you can see my website at www.graememesser.com . Maybe we will meet in person at The Other Art Fair! – Graeme xxx

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