My blog will be showing the visual steps I take along the final year of my BA(Hons) Fine art degree.
I will record my work that I create, through its journey as well as sharing my thoughts, ideas and inspirations I get from other artists I find on my walks around galleries.
I would like to use this 1st post to take a moment to reflect on some of my past works and give a feeling of the journey that I have been on. Over the past 5 or so years that have helped carve and mold my choices in my work and helped me become the artist that I am today.
My journey started off as a street artist, I was fascinated with open spaces and the gaps between them. I needed to know where they lead and the space behind them. I would always be looking out for the roads that looked like they had been forgotten, or the ones that looked like they were something out of a movie set. I would spend hours looking for these places this would soon push me in the direction of photography, as I would love to document my findings and edit the photos. I would spent my time sharpening and brightening the colour of the image.
As a keen photographer, walking the streets of London capturing the life around me I soon found that I was in love with the city and still am to this day, I found the ability to get lost in a crowd my first real step on my path and it is one that I use to this day when I feel a need to think. I love the passing lights and the glimpses of people’s lives.
I soon found my way into other forms of art in college and this is where I found the love of the studio space, a space that I can make my own. I would find my practice has always been influenced by the space that is available to me, and I have found that I most prefer working in corners. This new found interest and with the availability of white and black rooms for my photography I discovered that I was able to be in control of every aspect and my attention to detail had no bounds.
Moving onto the first year at university I found a love of quick sketches that I traditionally do in A5 sketch books. I carry them everywhere with me, I love to draw people on the train, pubs or in coffee shops. The reason for this is because I don’t know how long I have to draw them so I have to get my proportions right quickly. I started off doing this to help me in life drawing classes but it soon evolved into an ongoing project that I have become very fond of.
In my second year I started to look back at my past and old practices, this brought me back to painting but instead of a can, I chose to pick up the brush and I found that my work to be heavily influenced by two things at this time of my life, an operation that I had and uv lights. I found my work to be flickering between the two just like light itself. I found myself painting pictures within pictures. I would paint a simple scene and then go over the top with uv paint. This would dry relatively clear and would only reveal itself when in a dark space with uv lights shining over it. I liked the idea of hidden images because of the operation.
This lead me onto my final year and I started confronting more of my own personal struggles, with my greatest influence being Dyslexia in this stage of my work. This blog will be showing my work as it progresses and I will be uploading images of work that I make to show what I have been doing in studio.