Artist Statement

So far throughout third year I have continued to explore using photography to take portraits, as well as starting to take photographs of singular body parts in which people have told me they are most insecure about. I have also continued looking in to life drawings this year, as I find doing these helps me be more creative in my overall practice. Whilst doing these life drawings I tried working in a messy, line drawing style as I have found it to be more expressive and fluid; recently I have started using watercolours as I became interested in Marlene Dumas’s pieces. I have also continued asking people for quotes on what they are insecure about, as well as the reasoning behind it, and trying to find creative ways in which to display these feelings and thoughts that they have about themselves.

I have been looking into peoples insecurities as I find it interesting how people view themselves in such a negative way; as well as how these body image problems affect them in their lives. By using photography I have been trying to show that these flaws that people think they have should be celebrated rather than hidden.

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Artist Statement

Throughout second year I have tried many different styles of art, testing a lot of things out that put me out of my comfort zone in order to make sure I am doing the right thing. I began by looking at Martyn Brewster’s type of art work; mainly “beauty vs sadness no. 70”. I originally tried using his work as a source of ideas, in which it did, however not in the way that I thought it may have. I found his work interesting as it is not like anything I have done before, and that intrigued me, yet the abstract style didn’t really inspire me to do my own work based on it. However, I was interested in the thought processes behind it, as well as the title of the piece. At the beginning I experimented with ink, acrylic and charcoal in order to show a representation of Brewster’s artwork. I quickly realised that this wasn’t what I wanted to do, therefore I did a lot of artist research to try and inspire me. However, for my Summer Project I did a lot of photography with disposable cameras as well as digital, and I enjoyed this therefore after I realised that abstract wasn’t for me I wanted to explore more with photography in my practice.

The Field Module Figurative Modelling was particularly influential for me; as I found using clay extremely therapeutic. This is when I decided I wanted to work more with clay, therefore I started building clay bodies which is what I decided to use in my Subject exhibition. For the material project I did the Photography workshops, which linked really well with my Summer Project. I gained a more in-depth knowledge of how a camera works best, as well as how to make the most out of lighting in the studio. From this workshop I found multiples really interesting, and decided I wanted to work with photography and taking portrait photographs. Since the first term I have done a lot of life drawings to help me gain a deeper understanding of the human body. Throughout this drawing I will be able to create more accurate clay bodies. I have also been looking at lino prints as they’re really interesting to use and I haven’t done it previously. I have found that these have made my life drawings as well as my heart drawings a lot more interesting in the sense that it’s a different way in which to present my work. I have done these things in quite a basic way, however I hope to work more with photography and clay over summer as well as in third year to improve my skills in these fields.

Personal statement

Throughout the first term of second year I have looked at many different styles of artwork, whilst also focussing my practice on Martyn Brewster’s type of art work; mainly “beauty vs sadness no. 70”. I have tried using his work as a source of ideas, in which it did, however not in the way that I thought it may have. I found his work interesting as it is not like anything I have done before, and that intrigued me, yet the abstract style didn’t really inspire me to do my own work based on it. However, I was interested in the thought processes behind it, as well as the title of the piece.

At the beginning I experimented with ink, acrylic and charcoal in order to show a representation of Brewster’s artwork. I quickly realised that this wasn’t what I wanted to do, therefore I did a lot of artist research to try and inspire me. However, for my Summer Project I did a lot of photography with disposable cameras as well as digital, and I enjoyed this therefore after I realised that abstract wasn’t for me I wanted to explore more with photography in my practice.

We then started our Field module; mine was Figurative Modelling, which I was particularly pleased about as I really enjoyed working with clay last year. I learnt a lot of skills in these practices, and it really helped me to figure out what I want to do; as I want to work more with clay. I have decided that I am going to start building bodies (not heads) as part of my Subject work.

For the material project I did the Photography workshops, which linked really well with my Summer Project. I gained a more in-depth knowledge of how a camera works best, as well as how to make the most out of lighting in the studio. From this workshop I found multiples really interesting, and decided I want to work with film creating multiples of portraits.

Since the first term I have done a lot of life drawings to help me gain a deeper understanding of the human body. Throughout this drawing I will be able to create more accurate clay bodies. I have also been looking at lino prints as they’re really interesting to use and I haven’t done it previously. I have found that these have made my life drawings as well as my heart drawings a lot more interesting in the sense that it’s a different way in which to present my work. I have really enjoyed doing these, as the outcomes are really effective. I have also just started doing some work at taking portraits which I hope to improve on with practice and the proper equipment.

Throughout the rest of the year I have done a lot of life drawings in order to give me inspiration as well as to help me gain a deeper understanding of the body in preparation for building clay bodies.