Embraced by two limitless cosmos, the liminal being is never entirely apart, but not quite together. Just intrinsically entangled.
At the heart of Marta Feyles’ practice is an exploration of physical and psychological proximity and distance. Entanglements, also known as ‘grovigli’ in her native Italian tongue, are a key device in her work through which she delves into concepts of geographic displacement, borders, perimeters, and boundaries.
Using string, paper, film, and found objects, Marta creates intricate sculptures, drawings, and mixed media installations that use her personal experiences as a starting point from which to explore notions of quantum entanglements and networkism.
Drawing on her family life growing up in Italy and the uprooting that occurred when she moved to the UK, she enacts crafts and trades that are nested in memories of home, play, family, and loss. The strict religious rites and the symbolism of her Catholic upbringing inform her approach as she strives to overcome the physical impossibility of compressing time and geographical space. Marta describes this process as her own Ariadne’s thread: a game in which gaps, voids, and liminalities become generative forces in themselves, manifesting in complex, votive, and intimate works.
B. 1995. Turin, Italy.
Lives and works in Penzance, Cornwall, UK.
Permanent resident at Mishmash Tattoos Studio
2022 BA (Hons) Drawing, Falmouth University
2020 BTEC Higher National Diploma, Art and Design, Penwith College
2019 BTEC Higher National Certificate, Art and Design, Penwith College
2018 Access to Higher Education Diploma, Creative Arts, Penwith College
2014 High School Diploma, Science and Sport, N. Bobbio, Carignano, Italy
2022 Delineation, Undergraduate Degree show, Falmouth University
2019 Lost Again, Circa 21, Penzance
2018 Blue Life, Redwing Gallery, Penzance
2018, 2019, 2020 Summer showcase, Penwith College
2023 Longing: a la distansa e tuti i so amis, Jupiter Gallery, Newlyn
2022 Graduate Start-Up programme, Cultivator Cornwall
© Mark Pearson
Naomi Frears' Monoprint workshop at Porthmeor Studios, St Ives
© Alice Robinson-Carter, 2023