The End of Stage 1

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At the end of stage 1 we had our formative assessment where we got assessed on the work that we had done since the beginning of the foundation course.

Things that I thought went well:

  • I explored a multitude of areas such as stop motion, painting, sculpture, ceramics, drawing and really showed the diversity of my work.
  • My work was very conceptual and fitted well alongside the brief as I focused on ‘fixing a moment in time.’

    Things I feel as I could improve on:

  • The amount of research I put into my research folder and apply to my work. I feel as
  • though I could have explored different practitioners a little bit more to help me
    gain inspiration and find new methods of making.
  • Have more of an understanding of where I’m  wanting to go with an artwork and try every possibility, stretching a piece of work as far as it can go.
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Animation

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To try out new things and experiment with things that I hadn’t quite explored, I went and created some stop motion animation to see how it worked and how much I enjoyed doing it.

My inspiration for trying out stop motion is the likes of Tim Burton with his animations such as The corpse Bride and Coraline. I have also been inspired by Aardman Animations and their Morph series by its simplicity and the way in which they use something so simple ‘a ball of clay’ to make this character and world come to life.

“Audiences love that sense of tangibility, the sense that it isn’t perfect.” – David Sproxton

Looking at the works of these artists I decided to finally let the marmalade out of the jar and tried fixing a moment inside a time frame. Much like I created with my ceramics where I fixed a fleeting moment in time into ceramics, I have tried to celebrate the opening of my marmalade jar by documenting it with stop motion so that moment will forever be fixed within the time frame I gave it.

Peer Feedback

We had a group session where our work was peer assessed.
I found it really helpful looking around other peoples’ work and getting inspired by how they had responded to the brief.
Taking a look at my work, the main feedback I had was:

  •  Go into different places and make use of the resources that are available to figure out what I really enjoy doing.
  • Do more in my research folder as research on artists and techniques are limited.

Chris Gryder

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After doing my ceramic tiles based on the process of time and the idea of ‘fixing something in time,’ I did some further research on ceramic tile artists.
Chris Gryder makes illustrative ceramic wall tile murals done by pouring liquid clay into a sand mould. The way he has used different textures and levels of depth to create a sort of story really intrigued me and I started to look at different ways I could incorporate this idea into my work.

The idea that I had was to make more of an illustrative take on my tiles rather than adding in text to tell a story and fix a moment of time onto these ceramic pieces. I used Chris’ idea of adding different levels of texture to create depth within his works.

Preserving a preserve – Fixing a moment in time.

My tile creation – youtube link

The London Art Trip

 

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Part of the foundation art course included two trips that are created to inspire and inform students from existing art. During the London art trip, we visited the Space Shifters exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, the Shape of Light exhibition at the Tate Modern, the Turner Prize at the Tate Britain, Fashion from nature at the V+A and a UCAS exhibition that introduced the possibility for further education for a future career in art.

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Seeing all the different possibilities and the history throughout art in each of the galleries really inspired me to be more versatile with my art. The exhibition that inspired me the most was ‘Space Shifters’ that took place at the Hayward gallery. The installations that were placed around the exhibition really toyed with your awareness of the space around. One in particular that played with my perception of space was the 20:50 oil installation by Richard Wilson.

 

‘The surface of the dark, dense substance mirrors the space above it and creates for the viewer the vertiginous impression of being suspended within a curiously doubled and seemingly infinite environment.’

 

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‘‘We all have preconceptions about architectural space, about rooms, about buildings – whether they’re galleries or museums or not’, Wilson has said, ‘– and if you can do something that unsettles those preconceptions, you can generate a whole new way of understanding your place in the world.’’

I was really blown away by the shape of light exhibition and all of the different perceptions and ideas that was shown with the same concept but different ways of looking at it. I particularly liked how effective the paper photography was. It gave an impression of huge sculptures when reality it’s just a folded up piece of A4. It really gave me the realisation that the perception of something can be completely changed due to the way something is photographed. E.g. the contrast of light and dark.

 

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This paper image (middle) and many that were in the exhibition reminded me of the paper sculptures that I had made and photographed in my sculpture workshop. The first picture that I took really changes the way you perceive the tiny paper sculpture that I had created and then photographed.

I think that, instead of producing a banal representation of a place, I’d rather take my handkerchief out of my pocket, twist it to my liking, and photograph it. – Man Ray. 

 

^ Shape of light 

The way perception is perceived and photographs really intrigue me. The way the height of things seem exaggerated in the first image and the way distance is exaggerated in the second is something I may like to explore further with. The amount of things within each image also creates a very different feel in both the pictures. For example, In the first image it looks very crowded with lots of different things going on, opposed to the right image where it has a sort of lonely, straight feel about it.

 

^ Shape of Light

A series of pieces that really struck a chord in me was the pictures where a photograph of a body had been taken but out of context. At first glance, I never would have noticed any of these images was a human form, it took a double take until it clicked that actually it was a human form. These pictures had been taken disregarding the idea of the body as a thing in itself but rather the shapes and the way the light could hit it to create illusions. The idea of turning something into something else that people don’t quite relate to that object really intrigues me, its that double take at a piece of art which is what I really crave and want when creating my own works.

 

^ Shape of Light 

These three images above are a very good example of how light can be used to create an abstract piece with a true sense of dimension.

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These image really represent the fluidity that the shape of light can create. The bottom left picture was created with the idea of music in mind and how musical notation looks of a piece of manuscript. The artist wanted to create a piece of art that really captured the essence of music purely using monochromatic colours and basic shaped. I though that this example was very effective and made something already beautiful even more so. They added fluidity and changed the idea that usually structured looking music was perceived.

Another thing I took away from this trip was that there are so many pathways you can go down with the route of art. We visited a UCAs event which allowed us to speak to universities which we may choose to go to. From this, I learned that a pathway that I may take is film, animation and photography. I really liked what all of the universities had to offer and what they had in store within the course. Being in London really gave me a taster of the possibilities within art and how places such as London have much more of a higher demand for artists such as myself. The city thrives from product design, window displays and advertisement. Every where you turn there are beautiful structures and sculptures. I think that after visiting, it would be very possible that I could further my practice in a big city such as itself.

Responding to feedback

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Feedback allows me to get an idea of where my work could progress. I find having feedback extremely helpful as I have a tenancy to wonder and get stuck and then not move forward with any thing. I need to learn to look at my feedback more whenever I’m stuck with where I should go and what I should do.

Ceramics

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We began our first class of ceramics after the two week introduction to our course. The class began with us looking at different books and magazines based on ceramics for inspiration. Beginning the lessons with research in the morning really helped me to get a clear idea of what ceramics was all about and what to aim toward. Lindy, the ceramics tutor gave the class a run down of clay and what you could do with it and showed us a presentation on different artists take on ceramics. This for me was really visually stimulating and gave me lots of ideas on what I could create with my objects.

Using the theme of ‘FIX,’ we had to find a way of incorporating our found objects with clay. After all of the research and thinking, I was inspired by something the Lindy showed us about an Urn. I had the idea of ‘fixing something in time’ and was inspired by a poem I studied in A-levels; Ode on a Grecian Urn – John Keats. I began pressing my toy dinosaur into tile shaped bits of clay and began incorporating text from the poem into the tiles as I thought that it tied in well with the theme.

I think that my ceramic works were really successful overall in truly getting the concept of trapping a moment in time. The idea of fossilization came into play with trapping a moment in time within my works and tied in well with the idea of an urn and how the art creates a moment in time that is there forever.

 
Thou foster-child of silence and slow time,
Sylvan historian, who canst thus express
      
A flowery tale more sweetly than our rhyme:
What leaf-fring’d legend haunts about thy shape….
                                                                           *  *  *  *
What men or gods are these? What maidens loth?
What mad pursuit? What struggle to escape?
               
What pipes and timbrels? What wild ecstasy?

After biscuit firing the clay, we went onto painting the different objects we had made with oxides and glazes. Thereafter, putting it in the kiln at a lower degrees to be fired a second time.

When the ceramic pieces came out from the kiln I noticed that my yellow oxide had turned red due to me contaminating it with the other colours on the sponge I wiped on my tiles. Next time I try doing this I will know not to use the same sponge for different colours as it wont come out as vibrant and the way I had expected it too. This part of the course really inspired me to work more with 3D methods and taught me that there are more ways I could use to put a concept or an idea across.

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Fix – brief

 

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Our first brief was based on the word ‘FIX.’ I felt that this title gave us a broad spectrum of routes we could go down. For example; to physically fix an object, to be fixated, to get your fix of something or to fix something in time are just a few things that could come under the brief ‘fix.’

Our first task for the brief was to go for a wander somewhere and collect a series of ‘disregarded’ items on our walk. The items I had found consisted of:

  • An empty wine bottle
  • A round key-ring
  • A small orange plastic dinosaur
  • A marmalade jar
  • A child’s glove
  • A party hat
  • An empty monster can
  • A screw
  • A metal hinge
  • and a sponge

 

 

The idea of picking things up from the street for art was new to me and I didn’t like it very much at first but while experimenting with all of these items I’ve realised that there is so much you can do with just a few things you can find close to home. Inspiration really can come from anywhere.

 

 

 

 

 

A journey of skills

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During the introductory weeks of foundation we took a trip to Broad Haven beach to expand our knowledge about the fundamentals on drawing.

We all walked along the coastal path and did a series of quick pace drawings using the different unusual techniques I listed in my last blog post. The following day we were told to collect various items from the beach in which we made different ‘tools’ based on our findings.

We then created a group artwork with the tools that we had made and inks. The tools created many unusual abstract marks which made the ink fun to work with. This taught me that you don’t have to stick with the classic materials to create a beautiful work.

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