Course Review

I have thouroughly enjoyed the freedom that I have had within this course. I feel that I really have started to find my own art practice voice.

Assignment 2

The piece that clearly stands out is the Bodmin Prison piece. This really felt like a lightbulb moment for me, an awakening with the discovery of an exciting new way of working for me. This piece felt like a truly finished piece but with the potential for redevelopment within new ideas. This way of working properly conveyed theĀ  sense of loss I was looking for.

The other pieces were important to the process of development of ideas but did not inspire me enough to take the ideas further.

Impressions

Over this course I feel that I have developed my ideas surrounding impressions and their use as a metaphor for death, loss and memory well, I also feel that I have only just started to touched the surface. I am very excited about other possibilities and I fully intend to continue to develop these themes and ideas within future work including my next OCA course.

I have also overcome the self doubt that I had about what textiles can be, the textile process is evident within my work but not always present within the finished piece.

I have also thoroughly enjoyed the process of taking the work further than what was necessarily required. My inclusion within the Slovak International textile exhibition in Bratislava and Prague was very exciting. It gave me a glimse of possibilities, the important experience through an application process as well as the opportunity to meet other international artists. Filming myself spinning also felt like an important addition to item 2 of my major project, adding another dimension to my work. The opportunity to use the Filament 14 space at Magdalen Road Studios was invaluable. The ability to properly see my work outside of my dinning room at home was so important with the addition of feedback from some of the artists allowed me to re-evaluate all of the pieces.

I am very excited about the future and especially excited about the next course with the opportunity to develop ideas further still.

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Major Project – Pieces Together

I have been given a fantastic opportunity to install my final pieces within the Magdalen Road Studios Filament 14 exhibition space. This has given me the experience of considering how to display and hang the work as well as being able to consider all the work together.

I have also emailed all studio artists and associate artists and hope to recieve some constructive critical feedback.

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Struggles

I have found this main project has torn me and created stuggles within me that I have found quite difficult. My problems have stemmed from trying to keep on a ‘percieved’ textiles path but feeling drawn towards materials and techniques that are ‘percieved’ as not textiles. Wanting to satisfy potential assessors has continually been in the back of my mind but I have felt very materials led.

With 5 pieces of work competed looking at the work together, the pieces that are most resonant to me and convey my ideas best are the items that explore impressions within a material, my clay and paper clay pieces. In hindsight I now wish I had had the confidence to completely explore this idea as I have other materials in mind that I would like to explore in relation to this.

I do feel that since the inital material could be described as textile, and the ideas behind my work being about the memory of what was, I personally feel comfortable with placing this work within a textile context. But would an assessor feel the same?

bowls/vessels

Bowls and vessels as a metaphor for death

Vessels

  • Contain things (life)
  • Can be empty (death)
  • Tipped they can spill their contents.
  • Used as part of funeral ritual – vessels buried with deceased contain items needed in the next life
  • lachrymatories – tear bottles, Tear bottles were prevalent in ancient Roman times, when mourners filled small glass vials with tears and placed them in burial tombs as symbols of love and respect.
  • Our bodies become empty vessels at death.

Other items as a metaphor for death

  • shells once contained something living but now empty are simply a reminder to us.
  • wasps nests
  • ice / water / reflections
  • salt / sugar – crystals life, dissolved gone but presence still there but no longer visible.