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By: Victoria Geoghegan
We are thirteen artists coming to the end of our Fine Art degree at Solihull College. Our show is called 'Fingerprints' and the private view is on 31st May.
# 12 [17 May 2012]
2 Weeks until the show! Received our posters and invites today!
# 11 [13 May 2012]
Amanda Elliott Fine Artist – Sculptural Installation
My work deals with the often anxious, tentative and fragile side of humanity. As an artist I am fascinated by the affect that ‘others’ and the world has upon our sense of ‘self’, how we respond to, what we feel is normal and how we respond to what we feel is lacking within ourselves. It is those threats of vulnerable exposure that create the sense of anxiety within us. My work considered this often-demonic state of anxiety; the sculptural forms reveal an honesty regarding such emotion by responding to the ‘symptom’atic and rhythmic undertones within the body in which anxiety creates.
Essentially my work explores the undertones of our innate response to the world rather than the language we attach to it, in order to create and understand its meaning. I see my art practice as a visceral contextualisation of an inner truth, therefore exposing and in my view our more inherent perspective of life.
# 10 [12 May 2012]
What if there isn't a happy ending?
# 9 [10 May 2012]
Three weeks today until the private view of our show! Its all going so fast.
We had our dissertation results back yesterday; hope everybody was pleased with their results!
I think everybody is just focusing on getting the work finished so that we can begin setting up for the show. The final touches are being added to the catalogue and things are slowly coming together.
We spent some time proof reading our statements for the show in our meeting yesterday. With dissertations being one weight off our shoulders we can now all just focus on making the show one to remember!
# 8 [3 May 2012]
Carly Withers - Performance Art/Film
As an artist, I am concerned in seeking the opportunity to celebrate the physical and psychological side of making art exploring ones unconscious thought process.
I like to think of my body as an art tool to create abstract bed-sheets, expressing the representation of time and movement shared by the per-formative body.
My work tells the story of my body in ‘action’ on a level of subconscious, exploring ones psychoanalytic mind through the process and method of automatism, understanding that a thought is made manifest in the mark as a trace, freed from rational control
# 7 [2 May 2012]
Emily Chadwick - Film
"Simulations, in the form of images and the media have replaced reality, creating a new hyperreality” - Jean Baudrillard
# 6 [2 May 2012]
Stacy Phillips - Installation
"I am aware of being in a beautiful prison, from which I can only escape by writing" Anais Nin
# 5 [30 April 2012]
As an artist I am concerned with those things that affect our perceptions of what we consider ‘normal’ and/or ‘unusual’ in everyday life; aspects which might unnerve the viewer, challenging their response and reaction to a piece of work.
The definition of ‘Uncanny’ is something “characterised by apparently supernatural wonder and horror” with thesaurus entries listed as “weird, creepy, strange, mysterious” and yet also categorised as “astonishing, exceptional, fantastic, miraculous”. I began thinking about these descriptions further; how can something be repulsive and frightening and yet in the same sentence be magnificent and exciting? Could art be the perfect way to express such contradictions?
My work aims to evoke this ‘Uncanny’ sense in the onlooker; confusing them by manipulating space and the size of familiar objects in unfamiliar situations. This makes the work by definition, ‘Uncanny’.
# 4 [27 April 2012]
Jacqui Thomson - Textiles
I am a textile artist who uses embroidery and the art of the stitch to explore feminist themes, ideals and the everyday lives of women.
Women have always stitched, be it purely for pleasure or out of necessity. My quilt consists of 20 vintage tray-cloths sewn together, from a bygone era when women devoted countless hours to the art of embroidery, and sewing items for their homes and families. Using embroideries discovered in charity shops, on Ebay, and found abandoned in the backs of cupboards, I have brought them back into the limelight to make an artwork. I am reclaiming the past histories of the women who stitched them, honouring the many hours of work they have invested in them, and celebrating the skills and crafts traditionally associated with women. Each ‘panel’ of the quilt is dedicated to a ‘Lady of Stitch.’ Some of my ladies are women I have known, like my mum Frances who ‘knitted for England’, sewed all our summer ‘frocks’ and took in mending to ‘earn a few bob’. Others are based on real women I have discovered during my research into the history of embroidery and stitch and are typical of their era. “I dedicate this quilt to all those women who devoted hour after hour to the art of embroidery and stitch.”
# 3 [27 April 2012]
Victoria Redgrave - Installation
Life isn’t always what we want it to be, it has its up’s and down’s.
Society consists of all kinds of people and backgrounds in every imaginable situation.
We can become immune to the issues that exist in society for many reasons. They may be hidden or brushed under the carpet, or we simply get wrapped up in our own lives
We are fashioned and moulded by our experiences and interactions with the people that make up society. Likewise others within society are changed through our actions.
Yet the constant is that we are all human with the traits that are inherent in all of us; compassion, love, caring for others.
Our best contribution is to bring these inherent traits to the forefront of our lives.
We can lie to ourselves, but ultimately change emanates from within.