Site Analysis

I feel that this site is very important to the underlying message within my piece of work. All of my school life was overshadowed by a sense of negativity and lack of positive support both at home and at school. This sense of myself was compounded on the discovery of the piece of text within my mothers draft biography on my parents deaths.

My chosen space is an open public pavement next to Wychwood School in Oxford. There is no other artwork within the space and it is intended that my piece may even go unnoticed.


Wychwood School Oxford Site2

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Research Point: Use of different formats

I am particularly interested in contemporary artists who choose a format in their work to move or challenge peoples view or helps them to see the world differently. I am also fascinated with art created or installed outside of a traditional gallery environment, because it reaches out to people who do not normally visit exhibitions. Knitted graffiti was interesting at the beginning when it said something about the space it was in, but has now become clich├ęd and unimaginative. There are though artists creating amazing work that challenge us and our views.

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Research point: Digital Research

My overall feeling about digital textile design is that it can feel visually too involved as well a being almost entirely 2 dimensional. I have really struggled to find digital textiles that move me. I think that this is because digital textiles are generally used for production, therefore the final outcome has to be visually attractive if we are going to choose to furnish our houses or wear the designs. I do like Alexander McQueen prints and Timorous Beasties and I think that I am drawn to these because they are not traditionally beautiful.

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Research Point: Conceptual approaches by textile practitioners.

I personally feel art has no rules, only societal rules. If art is created as a personal exercise then no rules need to be adhered to anything goes and anything is possible. The greatest artists have always pushed the rules of what art is and challenged their time. If it explains and satisfies the original need to create then that is all, if it then becomes accepted as art then that is an addition.

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Research Point: Freddie Robbins

I have loved Freddie Robin’s work for some time. She cleverly challenges our preconceived idea of craft particularly knitting by confronting us with challenging and dramatic themes juxtaposed with the soft, usually comforting nature of wool and knitting. Her themes often explore contemporary notions of domesticity and gender and more recently violence, fear and pain.
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Research point – Feminist Artists?

I have long admired and found fascinating the work of ‘feminist artists’ such as Shelley Goldsmith who have exploited textiles as their medium of choice to communicate their ideology. Though I don’t feel comfortable describing them as feminist. Shelley Goldsmiths work is about how emotional states and memories can remain within a garment and her work explores ways of making these visible again. I don’t feel she is exploring particularly feminist issues she happens to be female and use a medium particularly associated with women.

Susie Freeman is another artist I find really interesting, she used textiles as a way of exploring ideas of health and medication. She worked with a family doctor to produce a body of work entitled ‘Pharmacopia’ that explored our ever growing dependence on medication and our acceptance of it.

Within my own work I have found It important to explore ideas and messages that are particularly poignant to me. It is a kind of catharsis as I believe most artist working in this way feel. It doesn’t feel like something I just want to do but more a case of ‘need to do’. Working through ideas in this way helps to make sense of them.