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Since last week my mind has been all over the place; last week was so overwhelming due to continuous studio work, foundry workshops and the gap critique that I was involved in. However, I finally feel that my practice has evolved and matured. I witnessed this on Thursday, the set-up, space and environment gave me the opportunity to engage with the space and my work. The process and materials capture the works spirit and freedom, the work captures a moment of the artist’s thoughts and conceptual thinking. Taking a step back from my work and reading, observing my relationship with my materials resembles the way by which I have a relationship with my body. There is no acceptance, the possibility of change and need for improvement; the endless worries. There is a sense of confinement and restriction that comes across in the work. Flesh, bulges, creases, the skin tone colours and the resemblance of fat. I need to explore the expanding foam further and the performance element by recording the work through it’s transition.

Further research areas I need to consider are Francis Bacon and Jenny Saville, both of which are painters, interestingly. Thinking about the visual aesthetic of my work, I can see that there is a strong balance of human elements and domestic or found objects. I watched an interesting documentary ‘The life of Francis Bacon,’ his use of bold, violent colours and rawness of the material on canvas is alluring. Bacon works with an accidental approach, but how can you re-create an accident? As seen in my previous blog post the Ivor Davies exhibition was fantastic and inspirational, the bold use of materials and range of work was empowering.

The last few weeks have been chaotic but liberating, I have so many ideas and materials that I wish to work with; however with formative assessment’s scheduled for two weeks, self control is crucial. I’ve began a journey that is developing at a very quick pace that is exciting and liberates my practice; I relate to an element of comfort. After discussions and meetings about my research degree proposal, my ideas and topic has been recognised and I feel excitement and confidence to pursue my interests and passion. The foundry environment and the process of casting has shaped my practice; and having the opportunity to continue working with mould making and cast metal emphasises the importance of industry.

I’m currently working with foam forms that have been manipulated using elastic bands, there is resemblance to fat; the squidgy material and tightness, bulging overhang of the foam. They will be direct burnouts using the ceramic shell process and will be cast in bronze.

 


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