Dead Cat - the work of Matthew Gaffen


It's all over

Good bye Chelsea. I'm inclined to say good riddance too.

Don't get me wrong, I've had some amazing moments over the course and have met friends who I truly hope to know for a long time.

However this year has been AWFUL.

On to better things anyway; this is what I've been up to post-degree:

Pouring Pints. I've been working in the Half Moon pub in Herne Hill, it's a lovely little establishment with live music occasionally. It helps keep me off the streets.

I've also been working as an artist's assistant for Stuart Haygarth, the work is repetitive and monotonous. However it also feels quite fulfilling somehow. For instance on the first day I had to make 400 2m lines with loops at one end (you can see what I mean in the piece pictured). Getting to the end of the batch feels quite rewarding.

Also the nature of the work makes me think a little of the Karate Kid. Wax on, wax off. Maybe in the next few weeks he'll throw something at me and I'll find out I've become a high-kicking badass.

Thanks to Louis for referring me to Stuart. The work once again helps keep me off the street.

My work for Six-Creative is on going. I'm currently doing some animated pixel gifs for the spring website. More news on that as it develops.

My tutor for my final year said he thought my work was too 'humanitarian'. Well I guess he was right there. Off the back of my teaching work in Guyana I have been commissioned to make an animation for the World Development Movement. The animation will be made for their current campaign against food speculation. It's a filthy business.

I am currently about to start working with the artist Alex Chinneck on a piece collaboratively. I am incredibly excited about having creative input toward a practising artist's work. Stay tuned to hear more.

Finally I am also just starting to write the script for a short film I plan to be making with Laurie Lynch and Joshua Osbourne. I'm incredibly excited about this project too.

More updates soon.


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