Resident: 2014 – 2015 | Duration: 12 months
Khosro Adibi was born in Iran but, prior to taking up his residency, he had travelled extensively internationally, moving from place to place and making artwork in response to landscapes in which he found himself.
At Highgreen Adibi used ephemeral materials such as leaves, snow, fleece and pine cones to create subtle yet striking installations. He started stone carving; making sculptural stone work in his studio and also carving directly into stony outcrops in the landscape.
‘Repetition is the core of most of my work. Everyday materials or actions in time transform themselves to a concrete form. Somehow it feels like all existence is, in one way or another, related to repetition and cycles. The act of doing, the urge and insistence to understand potential and limitation of material, results in my creations. I hardly intellectually understand how I arrive to make a piece of work. Maybe a piece of work comes to me, as if I’m possessed, time suspended and mind drifting away whilst my hands are thinking and doing.’ Khosro Adibi, 2015
BBC Radio 4 Open Country Interview May 2015 listen here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05sxx6z
Khosro made some wonderful pieces during his residency; both permanent works in the landscape, smaller pieces in stone and temporary works. His end of residency exhibition enabled visitors to see many of them with the temporary pieces documented in film.
Work in the Community
Khosro held two Open Studio events which gave people a chance to meet him, see and hear about his work. And in November gave a guided tour of some of his work made in outbuildings around Highgreen, in particular his ‘Leaves’ piece (see video) followed by an ‘interactive creation’ workshop.
Khosro completed a wonderful project with students and staff at Thornhill Park School in Sunderland. Students visited Highgreen and Khosro spend some days at the school creating with them outdoor interactive sculptural pieces.
With members from the CRISIS Skylight Centre in Newcastle, Khosro led four workshops that have focussed on movement, space and costume. The final session at Highgreen resulted in a short film.
Khosro left Highgreen at the end of his residency and spent some time travelling around the UK’s coast including an extended period in Ireland. He returned to Highgreen last year and has renovated a derelict engine shed into a workshop. He is staying at Highgreen and continuing to make new work.
The images here show pieces made during his residency and since then – in Ireland and back at Highgreen.
Follow the artist’s travels and creative journey in his blog here: www.khosro-adibi.blogspot.co.uk