Stinkadena is a new body of work created by artist Skye Shadowlight after she was the recipient of the Square Peg Bursary for a disabled artist based in the North of England.
This immersive installation includes large sculptural work and three films that explore the juxtaposition of living in a mobile home that never moves and NASA Space Center, which happens to be just up the road. Set in Pasadena Texas, the home of close to twenty oil refineries and one of the biggest petrochemical processing areas in the world, it’s an exploration of the erosion of a childhood dream. We begin to understand that this socially poor civilian may never actually make it into space, but will more than likely get a job down at the Shell, Exxon, or Diamond Shamrock. The adult mind has to settle for what is possible even when the child mind may have dreamed of space travel, looking outward, and utopias. One small step for man, one giant leap. Some dark themes begin to emerge here; poor health, alcoholism and domestic violence all exist in this space of poor social mobility, broken dreams and low expectations. Welcome to Stinkadena, where the air is greener but the truth is meaner…
Living and working in Calderdale, West Yorkshire, Skye Shadowlight is an emerging artist who has recently graduated from Leeds School of Art, Architecture and Design with a BA First Class Honours degree in Fine Art.
“I was conceived in a trailer house in LA Porte Texas. That’s only the beginning of my story. I left home at thirteen to find a better life, somewhere that I belonged. I hitchhiked and hopped freight trains from city to city and travelled all over the world trying to escape from my past and find my place in life. I wandered through life feeling completely misunderstood until I found art. I can finally share myself with others by exposing humanity through my work and making connections in a world that I once found harsh and closed off to me. I like to think of myself as a modern day storyteller and I tell these stories through various mediums. Found objects, sculpture, room sized installation, film, and performance are all part of the way that I expose us and start to build a place where we can be. I started formal art education in 2007 at the age of 33-year-old. In 2017 I graduated from Leeds School of Art, Architecture and design with a first class honours BA and walked away with the Alan Mohan Award for Academic Excellence.”
The Square Peg Bursary
This exhibition is a legacy of the Square Peg Bursary. Launched in 2017 and led by Artlink Hull, the Square Peg Bursary provided an opportunity for a disabled artist living in the North of England to create new work for exhibition which they may otherwise have been unable to realise. The Square Peg programme was funded by Spirit of 2012 and commissioned through Hull 2017 UK City of Culture. Shape Arts provided support and advice for the project.