This has been a very rewarding course. I have learnt a lot and pushed my practice into new areas, especially the experience of my huge opportunity to exhibit as part of the light night in Oxford with OVADA. This really was exciting and meant experiencing a real life commission with a deadline to work to. I was also expected to write an artist statement, and CV as well as invigilate on the night. I also had to source materials and work out how to use fibre optics as well as commissioning a special tooled light fitting for it. It was successful and I am very proud of this piece of work.
I feel very disappointed after my feedback on the last assignment. I felt that I had managed to mount my work well. I do understand the comments regarding the ‘messages and meanings’ sheet. This is a story board and consequently is work I mounted during the course. I had not invested in a metal ruler cutting sheet and knife at this point and I had admittedly used scissors.
I have now remounted this board and I feel that it now looks less cluttered and more coherent.
I have always preferred the look of work mounted on black card and also feel that it is more in keeping with the ideas within my work, which is why I decided to use it to mount all my work up for assessment. However in several emails to my tutor she has informed me that the assessors do not like work to be mounted on black. I have most of my work mounted now and have spent a lot of money buying all the mount board I felt I would need. It is a real shame if this is the case for this assessment and only hope that I do not loose too many points but I will definitely make sure that I purchase white or cream card for my level 3 assessments in the future.
Having recently finished ‘When Marina Abramovic Dies’ a biography about Marina Abramovic, I was so excited to see she would be having an exhibition in London entitled 512 Hours. This was an exhibition I desperately wanted to visit.
I have admired previous works by Marina Abramovic for some time and had become really interested in her work and the depth of commitment and personal challenges she puts herself through for her work.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the final project for this course. It has been a very cathartic process but I also feel that I have successfully worked through plans and ideas, reworking and reconsidering as problems as well as new ideas arose.
My starting point of the draft biography was an important one, and one I decided on fairly quickly. This in turn led on pretty quickly to a decision to incorporate, initially, my two schools as the actual sites for this work. I did however reconsider this half way through the process whist I was working on the context for this work.
I added stitched life paths between the sound file, the palm print and the finger print, alluding to the effects and changes to the course of life. The two gloves are bound together by these threads, restraining, holding back from potential.
The phonograph print is exposed and can be read and I have also added a QR code on the second glove that links to a web page where an explanation of the work can be found. I want to encourage a wider appreciation of art and I believe that street art combined with a way of explaining thought process and origin could help.