Tighe-Mearns-Smith are an art syndicate dyad. Jessica Tighe and Kane Mearns-Smith are a couple and artistic duo known as Tighe-Mearns-Smith who specialise in textiles, fashion, illustration, animation, music and fine art. They met at Kingston School of Art and it was from there they began to collaborate. They continued to work together after university to develop their manifesto for their artistic movement titled Redemptionism.
We met this amazing duo during both Parallax and Talented Art Fair and they were making a huge impact with their versatility and unique appearance. In this blog, we will lead you through the journey of their various specialties and explain their concept with linking it with their Manifesto.
What is Redemptionism? The age of entirety, Self-realisation and transition. This is the age in which we liberate our planet and ourselves. The artists say that their work is not aimed as a specific audience - it is for everyone, the art must continue to step aside from social constrictions, to question the ideals predetermined by the culture industry and prevent standardisation.
Their philosophy is based on referring back to myths, fables and tales, or in more wide term a spiritual mysticism as opposite to 'human progression' mirrored by development in science, rational thinking and logic. 'It is within the myth that a discussion of abstract concepts can be readily understood and contemplated. Whilst science prevails in allowing us to explore the physical make-up and structure of the universe and its laws, it cannot be used to deduce a concept that is simply immeasurable...Art allows abstract ideas to be easily digested and through it we are able to regain a valuable tool for developing an understanding of the inner Self, human experience and our perception of life.' - the artists said in their Manifesto.
Tighe-Mearns-Smith illustrations can be seen through the use of symbols, imagery, conceptual thought, mathematics and colour art is able to become a place to discuss real world topics as well as abstract concepts with exact thinking and reasoning. The artists further explains that 'the shift in belief systems from religion to science has created a dramatic change in the dynamics of the human brain. The consequence of living in a society that is built upon either extreme is one which is unbalanced. This unbalance leads to a suppression of either the masculine side of the brain or the feminine, from holistic to analytical. Through this unbalance the ultimate potential of the human brain is not met. To reconcile, a middle ground must be formed. Reconnecting with archaic concepts that have been discussed since the dawn of the ancients will allow the inner self to balance absolute reason with unabridged Ontologism. This harmony is crucial for the redemption of both the psyche and the conscious brain. The utilisation of both sides of the brain is paramount for the liberation of the soul. We must combine the right sided apprehension of art through sensory and emotional stimuli, lateral thinking, that of holistic thought, imagination and spatial relationships with the left side of tightly linked neurons and proximate axons for analytics, detail, sequencing, logic, mathematics and linear thinking...'
Tighe-Mearns-Smith further emphasize the using of the handcraftsmanship in this modern age as essential for not separating the artist from the artwork and the audience because this depersonalises the art world. A harmony must be found between computerisation and human skill, just as the balance of masculine feminine is met; in an Aquarius form. They say: 'Human touch is necessary for art as it proposes an emotional relationship with the audience as the process adds extra fascination as it is made by another human.'
The artists further investigate the impact of the fast-pacing art industry on the sustainability of environment. 'The art industry sets itself a fast pace of production which is both unhealthy for the artist and unsustainable for the environment. We must respect the universe if we are to allow the arts to continue. We cannot liberate ourselves at the demise of the Earth and its inhabitants, this act is anti-art, for without the universe we too are nothing. To tackle this is of the up most importance and we should treat art as a sustainable outlet. Resourcefulness is key in our design. This is achieved through the utilisation of second hand materials and unwanted objects.' - Jessica and Kane explained.
Tighe-Mearns-Smith fashion designs are completely one-off pieces, environmentally-friendly, sustainable and unique.
MUSIC AND ANIMATION
This artistic duo also developed their own music project Dr Death. Their techno music is based on 'old school' progressive sound with acid elements. The sound is followed by series of animations, symbolic with spiritual mysticism elements. We present the video animation 'The Mental One Two' and our favorite 'Pagans in Space'.
AWARDS AND EXHIBITIONS
TIGHE-MEARNS-SMITH PRESENTS THE ERA OF REDEMPTIONISM @ HOP KINGDOM LONDON 29TH FEBRUARY 2020 - PRESENT
PARALLAX 15TH - 16TH FEBRUARY 2020
TALENTED ART FAIR 6TH - 8TH MARCH 2020
STANLEY PICKER TRAVEL AWARD 2018
FEATURED IN & CLIENTS
HARPERS BAZAAR, FASHION SHOW AT HOUSE OF LORDS WESTMINSTER, DR.DEATH, GMARO MAGAZINE, GAY TIMES MAGAZINE, MR.JUKES, VULKAN MAGAZINE, WEAREZANNA MAGAZINE, CASS ART, STANLEY PICKER GALLERY, FRENCH FRIES MAGAZINE, DIAFANO MAGAZINE, HARPER SILIN, ED SOLO, LOBSTER MAGAZINE, BRENDA BEAUX, ELODIE FROMENTEAU, NOT BASIC MAGAZINE, STYLE CASTER, OLI LONDON, MAN REPELLER, ESTELLE DIGRIDI, BOYGRGE AWHORA, SUM TING WONG, BESSY HUANG, CIEL PAPER.