In Permindar Kaur’s first few months at the University of Hertfordshire, she has identified several ways in which the residency has, and will, shape her work. “I have a set way of working”, she says, but the chance to operate in a new studio space will disrupt those usual working practices. The locations of her previous studios, in Sheffield at the heart of the old steel industry, in the urban centre of Barcelona, and in rural Sweden, have all influenced her work. As a result of contact with students in the studio, she hopes she will be prompted to consciously consider her methods, and through process of reflection expects to transform the way she works.
New practices will be possible not least because of access to new equipment. Permindar hopes to take the opportunity to experiment with equipment that is not normally available to her. She was previously constrained to machinery that could fit inside a small private studio, but equipment at UH may offer opportunities to think bigger and work with a wider variety of materials. She hopes to try new welding methods, and perhaps to return to ceramics and glass (which she hasn’t used for many years).
With current UH students close by, Permindar is expecting to see her own work in a new light. Day-to-day conversations with students will inform the development of her ideas. This kind of interaction, she notes, always leads to two-way influence. She hopes that the students will inspire her as much as she inspires them.
Working alongside students in the studio has prompted Permindar to consider her own work as an art student, and the journey she has taken since. She was inspired to retrieve a piece from her own graduate show (part of which has already been unboxed, below), and plans to include this piece in the final exhibition. She hopes that the inclusion of some of her own graduate work will help to illustrate to current students the journey from student to practicing artist, and to prompt them to think about their own futures.