Tom Cardew

Tom CardewTom Cardew

MFA Fine Art, Central Saint Martins 2018

A Bloody Lovely Holiday considers the notion of dream and the unconscious, how a certain point of reference relates to and separates from visual documentation.

Tom documented a hitchhiking trip through Central and Southern Europe. Through this documentation Tom found that his reactions to his own cultural longing and the necessity of visually documenting this to validate himself as an individual led to these once meaningful moments becoming meaningless almost as soon as they were shared. The beauty of the now was lost as it sank into the infinite web of the internet.


Awards and residencies:

‘Luxury & Sustainability’ Short Film Commission; CSM, Nowness & LVMH, 2017; Sir Leslie Joseph Young Artist Award at Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea (shortlisted), 2017; The Annex Collection Acquisition Award, London (shortlisted), 2017; Connect/Exchange @ Chapter, Cardiff (shortlisted), 2017


"On an initial glace, I appreciate A Bloody Lovely Holiday speaks few words, but that in itself it the point of the work: an exercise in affording the viewer the myriad of potential imaginations through their gaze. Though, I appreciate that this is rather a lot to ask of an artwork and of an audience; so perhaps they’ll take with them the self-deprecating humour of attempting to show your mum the incredible sunset view you’re standing in front of only for that 9th or 10th finger to get in the way of the lens"



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