Hammer to Shape, Mouth Open

Hammer to Shape, Mouth Open is a changing artwork that will appear on the MIRROR homepage - where artists will be commissioned to make an image, icon, glyph, sigil or symbol of mouths and hammers.

Artists Conway & Young were commissioned to create a new artwork for the MIRROR website, as a way to disrupt and play with the formality of this space and to insert artists work and voices within the mainframe of the website.

Alongside creating two new artworks that take the form of gifs; Conway & Young were asked to write an ongoing, annual commission brief for students at Plymouth College of Art , where they will be invited to design their own mouths and hammers. The brief for students will be launch in October 2021.

Conway & Young chose a mouth in reference to the origin of the place name Plymouth (mouth of the Plym) and a hammer in reference to the Bertolt Brecht quote “Art is not a mirror for reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.”

Stella Olivier - Herbaceous Hammer

Hammer Still

Influenced by her practice-led dissertation on search engine archives and how keyword generated search results impact the fine art landscape, Stella built Herbaceous Hammer by editing and merging historical objects found on Google Arts and Culture. Due to Google's algorithm, a porcelain vase was displayed amongst hammers and this inspired a surreal flower-tool time lapse.

Stella Olivier
is a multimedia artist that specialises in postdigital forms of landscape and still life art. Influenced by historical mimesis, Cottagecore and other internet phenomena, the artist combines imagery from her home to artefacts borrowed from the virtual collections of museums to create surreal, escapist scenes.

Stella's practice is bound up in historical fiction, archival art and chance led processes, she virtually merges artefacts to obtain collages and animations that are digitized yet conserve an antique aesthetic.