Joe Etchell utilizes sculpture, digital media, and text to explore the relationship that humanity has to new media and technology. His work predominantly comments on economics, politics and social strata using a range of references to frame and grasp the interconnected world in which we live. A combination of anecdotal accounts, historical events and web based aesthetics inform his expanded practice; which deftly traverses the boundaries between our different planes of existence. Etchell works in the liminal space between: between IRL and digital; between macabre and farcical; between fact and fiction.
Joe Etchell (b. Keighley, West Yorkshire) is a visual artist working in Glasgow. He completed a Foundation Diploma from Leeds College of Art and Design going on to receive a BA (Hons) in Sculpture from Edinburgh College of Art in 2012. Group shows include RUN/Hme/WEBBR, 2019, Boot Signal, Embassy Gallery, 2015 and Slice at Glasgow Sculpture Studios, 2013. He has undertaken residencies in Scotland as well as further afield, these include an Interdisciplinary Residency at Hospitalfield in Arbroath in 2018 and a self initiated residency in Kypseli, Athens in 2014. Joe has received VACMA funding from Edinburgh City Council on two occasions in recognition for his practice. He has also received Hope Scott Trust funding and the Helen A. Rose Bequest. He has formerly been a studio holder at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop and Rhubaba Studios and Gallery Space. Professionally, Joe works as a Studio Technician at Flux Laser and CNC Studios. He has also been a Committee Member and Director of Embassy Gallery from 2012-2014 and has more recently been the Head Technician at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop from 2016-2019. He continues to teach on ESW’s Adult Learning Programme.