Exercise Three // Emelia Kerr Beale

May 20 2020
Hi  Emelia,   to kick off exercise one,  where are you? 

I’m in Nottingham with my parents in the house I grew up in.

How has your process changed since staying at home?

I keep coming back to this question because I can’t quite put it into words. What I’m thinking about, what’s important, what’s necessary, is constantly shifting and evolving, and therefore the work is different because life is different. I’m thinking small and making smaller, as my world has shrunk and my energy is focused more on the local community. The actual making process, however, is unchanged out of choice. I’m finding comfort in familiar ways of working, the kind of way I work when I’m tired or my heart’s not really in it, such as drawing, making small paintings and monoprinting. I don’t feel like I’ve got the mental capacity to experiment and face even more uncertainty.


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


 Mobile by Avril Lavigne. Not ashamed. The lyrics are strangely pertinent right now, not something often said about her song writing I’m sure.


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

I have just finished watching all five seasons of Schitt's Creek in what I can only imagine is record breaking time. It’s so silly and American but the friendships are really great!


What are you reading right now?

An Apartment on Uranus by Paul. B Preciado and Mr. Palomar by Italo Calvino when I can’t sleep. Also a newsletter by Rahel Aima I am receiving via email called Nightlife.


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

 Cinnamon buns with my dad, they were not good!


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

I tend to avoid cooking for the benefit of those around me!


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

would you choose?

I’m obsessed with magenta right now so I’m going to say that, even though an all magenta house would definitely cause migraines!

Which words or phrases do you most overuse  ?
 I can’t stop using the word silly to describe everything.
Do you have any superstitions?

I always touch wood when someone says something I don’t want to happen. Something I picked up from my mum. I think you can definitely jinx things, I’ve done it a lot!


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

joke, your pet)

Very into @sluttyforsocialism and @denialaesthetics on instagram.
The way Moira Rose (the mum in Schitt’s Creek) says baby
Also these memes:




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

Derek Jarman for his fearless activism and work to help protect the queer community from violence, his understanding of grief and the fragility of life, and his amazing gardening skills.



Exercise 2

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

 Draw a picture of your best friend from memory.


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 ?
 How are you feeling today?

We are putting together a mixtape -  what’s your go to song for dancing ?


Missing by Everything But The Girl, Todd Terry Remix

being in the studio ?

At art school we used to listen to a Dusty Springfield ‘best of’ album on repeat

chilling out ?
ASMR videos I have converted into mp3 files
falling in love ?
Maybe She by Arthur Russell




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

    This is the one I am doing! The line is from Italo Calvino’s Mr. Palomar and it
    reads ‘the glassy eye of the dead were to open again on the
    surface of the terraqueous globe’ SPOOKY!)


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


 Check out Emelia's exercise three piece here