Warren Shaw’s work explores both sound and visual media, in both separate contexts and interdisciplinary crossovers. It is this exciting relationship that establishes a core part of his creative practice.
In late 2005, whilst commencing his foundation studies, Shaw began to fuse visual and aural principles within his work. Snippets of sound crept into sculptures and video, his own aural perception and experience influencing visual compositions and ideas, thereby reflecting the growing awareness of the aural world and its strong influence upon his arts practice.
These initial explorations were then fully realised in 2006 with the installation Sonic Dreams. This consisted of a structure with transformative properties that housed a dynamic and evolving soundscape, directed at altering the perception of space.
In the autumn of 2006 Shaw departed to study a BA(Hons) in Fine Art at Oxford Brookes University. During the early years of his studies the importance of theory and research began to build, to ultimately hold an equal footing with practical work, creating a form of praxis within his creative arts practice. This praxis developed rapidly in response to sound, with articles such as Luigi Russolo’s The Art of Noise, R. Murray Schaffer’s The Soundscape and the work of John Cage becoming a mainstay throughout. This allied with research into visual and aural perception, the senses, psychology and phenomenology meant that his practice quickly developed core areas of research and investigation.
Shaw’s own experience and perceptions, including aural ones, form a large part of his visual language with a fondness for organic forms and a tendency towards abstraction. This is rooted in an early and long-standing interest in Surrealism and the practice of automatism. His acceptance of an unconscious flow of thought forms a responsive visual dialogue with the world around him, with visual forms influencing and reacting to one another - thereby creating a transformative and almost meditative process of visual mark making.
With this visual methodology his studio practice maintains its responsiveness and is open to the action of chance. This combined with theoretical research creates a natural progressive process of exploration and development and a rigorous and fluid creative practice.
Moving forward from the framework of the institution Shaw is working to maintain the importance of an active arts practice and methodology. Surely an exciting time in which new work will find its own way of existing and evolving.