Phd research (ongoing) through the University of the Creative Arts, UK.
MFA Fine Art, University for the Creative Arts London (Distinction)
BA(Hons) Fine Art, Howard Gardens, Wales
Kir Lamont's practice reflects scientific investigations into areas previously dominated by the spiritual and philosophical. The spiritual void is now the vacuum of space. Particles pop in and out of existence. Gods are dissolving into electromagnetic fields, particle physics and cosmological discourse.
The work draws on a childlike awe and bewilderment, felt when peering into the vast unknown through a scientific lens. They aim to prod at any inner, restrained predisposition to mystical thinking. They may emanate from secular origins but speak toward something quite different. They are the artist’s tussle between logical reasoning and an instinctive want for the sublime.
Shapes imbued with anthropomorphised character. Curtains of oily forms and embossed surfaces float there, existing. Mischievous bodies, agents, genies, or voids. Waiting, watching, ready to entangle themselves with the individuals they encounter.
The works strive to allow the body to engage with the immaterial, through material portals. They are rabbit holes for imaginative play, enclaves, interfaces where contact can be made, and where the human scale can commune with something other.
The works are not concerned with the vast scales at play within the scientific void, but rather the intimate scale of the human body in comparison.The viewer is intimate with the work as it stands over them and the sense of scale falls away as they are, using Bachelard’s term, ‘plunged’ into tininess.