“What We Bring to the Table” is a collection of physical and experiential work investigating the notion of food being a vessel for memory and connection. The artists have worked collectively and individually to express their own connection with food and memory as well as working to form new bonds and traditions as a unit. With work ranging from ceramic sculpture to digital collage, this collective’s unique outputs highlight their strength as individuals as well as their extraordinary unwavering ability to collaborate. 

The collective was formed in September 2019 at UAL Chelsea and was founded in the artist’s shared interest in universality. First working to explore colour and to what extent it can be manipulated and assimilated, their work has evolved and presently concerns the ways in which food/meals and the experience of eating/dining can be handled in the same way. The group is interested in the blend of art and life, exploring and sharing ideas and raising questions. They wish to expand the field of practice and produce collaborative work that is innovative and curious for themselves and the viewer. 

Isabella Blake 

Isabella is a painter, intrigued by iterations within process and where this takes her making and thinking. Working to explore place and landscape, Isabella is interested whether the reproduction of a representative work creates clarity or confusion? By reproducing and appropriating an image of a place does it remain that same place? 

Her recent work has been an exploration of the phenomenological transcendence into nothingness; analyzing the limitlessness of place through the concept of the void, as a means of both singularity and unification.

Caroline Ashley

Caroline is interested in working collaboratively, sharing ideas as a team and working with each other’s individual strengths. She believes that as a collective we are stronger and can create more ambitious, diverse work and strive towards a universal artistic language. 

Always experimenting, Caroline is a materials based multidisciplinary artist. She is interested in the sensory relationship between ourselves and the collected and historical objects that we share our living space with. In this current project she is currently considering not only what goes on the table but what hangs above the table, what may fall off the table and what might be beneath the table. 

Francisco Miguel

Francisco does not particularly agree with the common practice of “segmenting” art into branches, believing they are all linked and in constant communication. This communication allows each field to simultaneously feed its siblings and in turn, nurse from them, establishing a reciprocal growth on all components. 

Francisco has tried to always maintain contact with as many art forms as possible, refraining from limiting himself or his potential. Working with video, dance, painting and photography in alignment, moving his practice towards an universal comprehension of all these languages.

Interested in the power of collaboration, family memories, the value of the “encounter” in nowadays society, Francisco’s passion for storytelling, and playfulness opens up space for narrative to exist with no rules. Francisco is obsessed with creating playlists, watching films and recognising dualities everywhere. Duality as a main part of his routine – portuguese vs english, reading vs writing, cooking vs eating; analogue vs digital. 

Ruby Smiles

Ruby’s work advocates for the relevance and importance of language in a contemporary art practice. Combining her writings with documentative photography, Ruby’s work looks to explore books as art objects and vessels for communication as well as relishing taking language out of traditional contexts. 

Heavily influenced by her upbringing in suburbia, Ruby’s work is often a vehicle for expressing her passion for London and finds joy in the overlooked and the mundane. Her involvement in this collective and their shared love of togetherness and communication is also a vital part of her practice. Working with food in this way has developed her ideas surrounding how we experience making and exhibiting and she hopes to bring these into her solo work as well as in the shared space.