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By: Carol Ramsay
Studying for Fine Art BA (Hons) based in Wirral and accredited by John Moores University in Liverpool.
# 2 [29 September 2008]
I decided to change electives this year and had our first meeting of the 'Site Specific' elective that I have chosen. First task is to work in a team of three, research the area of Exchange Flags in Liverpool and produce design boards & maquette for a proposed piece of work to be situated there.
I have spent a lot of time of the weekend researching the history of Exchange Flags and we're going to have a 'brain-storming' session on our coach trip to Yorkshire Sculpture park on Wednesday.
The great thing about this work is that we can be madly adventurous, money no object as it won't ever actually be produced. Fancy telling me money no object, ohh if only it was real!!
The bad thing about this is - there is already a piece of work situated there for the Biennial and it is amazing - so how do we even try to compete with it?
Ai WeiWei's spider has spun his web of lights right across Exchange Flags and at dusk, the crystals and led lighting cast the most amazing shadows onto the flag stones below.
Will have to try & think of something completely different that bears no spidery resemblance. Looking forward to this now :)
# 1 [25 September 2008]
First week back at college to start year 3 was kind of crazy. I work part time for Liverpool Biennial and it was the grand opening in the same week, talk about busy!!
I did however manage to find time to write my learning plan for this term and try and 're-do' my sketch book which had so many ideas and sketches from throughout the whole summer until I lost it somwhere between the Isle of Man & Germany..hmmm.
It is so great to be back at college, we have a great year and the ideas are already buzzing around between us all.
Today six of us took to Liverpool City Centre to see as many Biennial artworks as is humanly possible in one day and I have to say to anyone who happens to read this to take the time to go & see the Biennial, there is some amazing work this time (as always). My personal favourites so far have to be the Sarah Sze installation within the Bluecoat Gallery or the Annette Messager piece in the old ABC cinema (now Biennial visitor centre) or even U-Ram Choe's 'Opertus Lunula Umbra - Hidden Shadow of the Moon' on display at FACT, it is utterly mesmerising.
I have to go back with everyone next week and try to see the rest, there is so much left :)
Illustrator for 18years & now mature student on Fine Art degree course and loving every minute of it.
I seem to be concentrating on Installation work, very far removed from the work I used to do.
Final year, leading into our degree show I am hoping to keep posting regularly on this blog. But with 2 kids & a part time job too...who knows?