Artist Statement

Gemma Nash using Ableton Digital Audio Workstation 2018

I am a sound artist and digital storyteller whose work focuses on re-imagining the ‘othered’ body and the complex relationship between medicine, disability and ethics.

I came to sound art through being a laptop DJ and VJ mixer.  Specialising in funky house and drum and bass under the name Crip2night, I later produced my own compositions and began to experiment with VJing. My compositions incorporate rehashed found sounds and other recycled materials to create impressionistic and disjointed pieces.

I like using accessible tools that produce raw, authentic creative narratives about people, places and things.  I am more interested in the conceptual identity of my compositions rather than technical virtuosity. It is important that my pieces transmit intimacy – so I often work in a way that is collaborative, low tech and non-linear.

My work often involves unusual sonic reference points and the the convergence of sound and visual artistic practices.  One of my collaborative pieces, Hanging in the Balance,  involved the sound of medical objects hanging in trees. I was intrigued by the subtle but disturbing way these objects disrupted the natural sonic balance of that area.

Cutter // Nash

I am also part of Cutter & Nash – a new collaboration with live artist, Gareth Cutter. The collaboration was formed in November 2017 through Metal’s Change Makers project led by creative producer Kate Marsh. Fusing our shared interests in non-normative bodies, voices and queerness, we create eerie and seductive soundscapes using our voices, synthesisers, DAWs and hacked controllers.