Working with a group of 1st year Chelsea BA Fine Art students was a fun experience because it allowed me to see how they developed their work and how it would be displayed in the environment that we had. It was great working with Marina, Felipe, Ellie, Vicky, Megan, Alice, Gabrielle, Chloe and Steffy because it was interesting finding out the meaning’s behind their pieces of work, how they developed it and how the audience would respond to it. From doing some of the ideas I had done in the studio and developing it further for the offsite show. To me I felt that I hadn’t quite cracked what I was trying to show the audience. In a way the idea was getting their but still needed to be worked on further. I was trying to display the idea of movement through change the structures of textural surfaces to show how movement would be changed due to the rough and smooth textures I had used.
However I felt that it was hard for the audience to see that because to some it looked as if it was restricted due to the way I had used a canvas and restricted the sense of movement within a square/rectangle. To others it looked like something from the food industry and ketchup and mustard had been used to display this. I felt like I had encountered so many problems within the development of my work. This was due to the fact that I had so many ideas swirling around in my mind, I had found it hard to just focus on one. Furthermore I felt that I had restricted myself on the ways I wanted to present my ideas. This meant keeping the idea in one restricted space rather than expanding it and allowing the artwork to take it’s own course. The feedback from my peers and tutors has been really helpful because it has allowed me to see how I need to free myself up more when creating artworks. What this means is, not just following one specific strategy, try to be more imaginative with the materials that you have used. For instance try ceramics within your work so that I could work more into 2D and 3D styles and see where that leads me to.
What I have learnt from the materials and processes that I have used is that some parts of the idea worked well with each other. This is due to the way that the painting was placed which fitted where with the textural backgrounds of the safehouse. What I feel that I have to focus more is working with more materials like ceramics and see what types of forms I could create using that and allowing myself to become more explorative with my work. To me contextual research such as lectures and exhibitions has helped me further into developing my work because it has allowed me to look more into the way certain materials work well with each other and how to develop the idea further.
Here are some photos from the offsite show
- I would ask myself questions like this
- What would the relationship of ceramics be towards my work?
- In what ways would I allow myself to be less strategic ?
- Which types of artists and photographers could I look into towards the develop of my work?
- What materials and processes would I like to try out next towards the development of my work?