GÂST is the collaborative practice of visual artists Laura Mahony and Dale Fearnley.
Their alias stems from the Middle English ‘guest,’ or ‘spirit,’ and it's etymology ‘ghost.’
Their work with moving image, archival material, sculpture and performance, is informed by the resonance of site and being— seeking to interrogate human relationships with the landscape through contemporary social narrative and folklore.
Works unfold using play, chance and divination as a device to explore collective memory, oral histories and ritual of place. Such instances can exist outwith traditional art spaces and instead manifest as public interruptions, encountered and documented as mythologies of their own.
They were artists in residence (2017—2018) with Berwick Visual Arts, in partnership with the Centre for Rural Economy, Newcastle University. The residency concluded with the artists' first solo exhibition ‘in the best of spirits…’ and the publication of their supporting artist book ‘Eternal Optimism.'
They are currently members of Glasgow Sculpture Studios and were recipients of the Visual Artists and Craft Makers Award (VACMA) for 2019, supported by Glasgow Life and mentored by Lesley Young.