‘You Move Me’ Artist Interview: Synnøve Fredericks

As part of our new Antlers Gallery exhibition You Move Me for Winter 14/15 – we are releasing a series of blog interviews with each of the artists involved in the show.

The third artist interview is with Synnøve Fredericks, who delves into more detail on the inspiration behind her commission and the challenges she faced along the way:

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Studio photo – Synnøve Fredericks – 2014

Describe your practice in three sentences

Somewhere between art and design I make interactive objects that want to inspire a childlike wonder at the natural world. Im inspired by our relationship with tools and our evolution alongside the environment around us.

What themes and ideas interest you?

Bespoke tools, the origins of living and palaeolithic techniques, natural processes and materials.


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Install photo – Synnøve Fredericks – 2014

How did you approach the You Move Me commission?

The poem ‘The Dry Salvages’, from T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets came back to me at the perfect time. He speaks of a river as a God that we have chosen to forget. He writes of the river continuing to flow, the will of the river. I started with that will.

What themes or interests does your commission explore?

Power. Our influence on a body of water, and its influence on us. The title ‘Waiting, Watching & Waiting’ refers to the water rather than the viewer.

What was the greatest challenge you faced in this commission?

Lighting has been key, so working with Anna Barrett has been wonderful.  Anna is a lighting designer who has specifically designed a lighting scheme for the exhibition.  It’s been a great help to be able to talk through the lighting scheme with someone who has such knowledge. I would have loved to chance to play with the theatre light a lot more!

What has been the most interesting and/or surprising element of working on this commission?

The insulation fluff on the ceiling at the Create Centre…and that everyone first looks up at the bowls when they pull on the pulleys rather than down at the patterns created.

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Studio photo – Synnøve Fredericks – 2014

What would you like the audiences experience of the work to be? 

Playful and enchanting. Thought provoking, given the context of the piece next to Jo’s river map.

What would you like people to take away after seeing your work in the context of the exhibition?

Thoughts on the River Frome, that continues to peacefully flow through the city. Perhaps a Frome hunt!


Synnøve Fredericks: http://www.antlersgallery.com/artist/synnove-fredericks

Exhibition Dates: 29 Nov – 23 Dec 2014 // 5 – 10 Jan 2015

Open Times: Mon – Fri, 10am – 7pm // Sat – Sun, 12pm – 4pm

For the full programme of events please see our Project Page: http://www.antlersgallery.com/project/you-move-me

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