Exercise Three // Plum Cloutman

April 3 2020
Hi  Plum,  to kick off exercise one,  where are you and how has your process changed since staying at home?

 I’m isolating at my parents’ house in Norfolk, which is fortunately better equipped than my studio back at home. Crucially, they’ve recently acquired a printing press and jumble of old materials, so I’ve been teaching myself how to make etchings. I don’t know what it is about being here, but I haven’t felt like painting at all, just printing and lots of drawing- my drawing callous is grotesque.


Whats last or current song you listened to (no cheating, we all have naughty


Metal Fatigue by Allan Holdsworth, I am not ashamed. 


and the last or current show/film/video you watched ?


What are you reading right now?
 Experience by Martin Amis, but I also just finished Day of the Triffids- horrible parallels!


What’s the last thing you cooked? (recipes welcome!)

 Paella- For want of a better word. No Spanish person would have called it paella. Could more accurately be called leftovers with rice.


 What's the next thing you are going to cook?

 Chilli paneer!


If everything in your house was going to be the same colour what colour

would you choose?

Definitely green- I think it has the most diverse spectrum. There’s a shade called ‘chic lime’ that Jeffrey Bilhuber uses which I love. I’m quite anti-houseplant too, so it would be nice for some

Which words or phrases do you most overuse  ?

I consulted my sister and apparently it’s “get outta here!” which I suppose speaks to my incredulous nature.

Do you have any superstitions?

I’m unsuperstitious to the point where it circles back and probably becomes superstitious again- I always make sure to step on the cracks.


What makes you laugh (feel free to share any videos, memes, record a

joke, your pet)

My siblings and I have been getting a lot of mileage out of the ‘aggressively country child DEMANDING to pet this dog’ meme


 Which artist-living or dead would you like to share your quarantine practice with? Why?

Betty Swanwick! We would sit in the garden and draw all day, inhaling cigars. We would probably just chat actually.


Exercise 2

Write a drawing prompt you would like someone else to receive:

Draw a horse from memory- extra points if you can figure out what their knee situation is.


We are probably going to get through a lot of these homework sheets - so write a question for other people that you want to know the answer to ?

I don’t know if everyone else feels the same way, but I have felt in particularly close quarters with my vices during this period of isolation, so:

If you had to live with one vice for the rest of your life what would it be?


We are putting together a mixtape -  what’s your go to song for dancing? being in the studio?  chilling out?  falling in love?


I’m going to put forward Spectral Mornings by Steve Hackett as studio & chilling out music. This is what my mum calls ‘anti-social music’ so... topical? Great for clearing out the room. Crocodile Rock by Elton John for dancing, I Have Been in You by Frank Zappa for  falling in love, then Broken Hearts are for Assholes for falling out of it.


For  Exercise Three, we ask our artists to  pick one of the following subjects as a starting point to make some work using an A5 piece of paper/cloth/whatever you like to the size  with no restriction on media. These will be published on our website and available for £110 each.

  1. Still life: pick 3 items from your surrounding and recreate them

  2. Draw the last text you received/Page 15 from a book you are currently reading 7th sentence down

  3. Draw the last exhibition you saw/in style of the last exhibition you saw


Going for number 3,  draw the last text you received, you can check out  Plum's exercise three piece here


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