My sketchbook this term

8 Apr

Here’s a look into the developing work in my sketchbook, made over the last 3 months… My practice at the minute is exploring ideas of human interactions, particularly those ‘staged’ ones we are presented with in so-called ‘trash tv’ shows such as Jerry Springer.

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taking a line for a walk

28 Jan

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Video

A4 Portrait.

8 Jan

A video piece made on my fine art course at uni. Exploring ideas of language, drawing, and the relationship between ability and disability.

drawings on my studio wall

26 Nov

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Amateur Alchemy

24 Nov

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I’ve tried and tried in vain to get oil paints to work for me. They’re slow, I’m inpatient. However I was forced to try again in a painting workshop last week, and dare I say it, I might be slowly starting to come round to the idea of working in oils.

Firstly, why did I never consider using acrylic for the under-painting before?! It seems so obvious now, that with it drying so much faster than oils, I can start the actual painting so much quicker now – even the same day! Secondly, I never knew all of the possibilities when it comes to oil paint mediums. To hear that you can add a fast drying medium to the paint, which could leave it try overnight was the best news I’ve ever heard! We also learnt about mixing up paints from pigment – I love the way that it feels like making potions when you’re a kid. Mixing up pigment, medium and turps in old jars and tins from the kitchen felt like some kind of colourful, amateur alchemy.

 

The Foolish Wise Ones.

22 Nov

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In my studio practise at uni I have been fascinated by the notion of a Savant or Savant Syndrome, since watching the film ‘Rain Man’ for the first time. Coming from the French ‘idiot savant’ which literally translates as ‘learned idiot’, people such as Kim Peek (who inspired the main character in the film Rain Man) posses some kind of amazing, almost super human talent, be it for memory, calculations and even art, despite being affected by a serious mental disability. This idea of a blurring of the lines between ability/disability I find fascinating and inspirational, and is something which is really informing my work right now.

 

This 80′s documentary I found on you tube is amazing, and features a young Stephan Wiltshire, an austistic ‘savant’ with an incredible artistic and memory talent. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCBdZ7rI9jI

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Supernormal – Scavenge

20 Nov

Some work from back in my first week of uni. Assemblage & collage work made entirely from materials found on the streets of Nottingham!

 

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