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Delphi Campbell

15 hours before I was due to set up my show at the Dolphin I was informed that I couldn't do my show, as the venue is not wheelchair accessible.


My work exists as an invitation to explore my brain, an absurd map of my life. The identities and titles in my life chart the course, both the ones I embrace and the ones I reject. Disability is at the core of my work, a discussion that I only feel is more important after my time in Oxford. While my work stems from my lived experiences, it also considers the socio-political frameworks that uphold these oppressive systems. 

I strive to deliver raw, but humorous, self-portraits that each demonstrate a facet of my being, the body of work collectively unravelling my identity. My work chases a compulsion, an obsession, with my presence on this planet, and this drive not only initiates the work but also informs the manner of making. I prefer to work in a fast, ad hoc, rough and ready way, primarily utilising soft sculpture to create displays of my experiences, memories, body and mind.

I am drawn to soft sculpture, fabrics and stuffings for their pillowy femininity, their bare fleshy feeling and comforting tactile experience. My choice of materials is balanced between sustainability, cost and accessibility, and they guide the development of the pieces. In my sustainable efforts I typically recycle materials from previous works, use found objects and pre-loved fabrics and this has become as an important part of my practice as the outcome of the objects I make.

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Ruskin MFA 22
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