During my first year of university I focused on experimentation. It was at the beginning of my second year at university where I reflected on the previous year that I discovered that I always found a way to make my work sculptural, I realised that this was something I loved and it always seemed to happen naturally. During my second year I found that working with nature hands on was something I really enjoyed, looking at artists such as Andy Goldsworthy and Anya Gallaccio. I started to explore the idea of letting go and letting nature react, this is something I hope to explore further in my final year of university.
Shauna King, Reflecting on Nature, 2020, a series of photographs using a mirror in Abbey Grove wood.
This is the outcome of an experiment where I went to a wooded area with some mirrors and played around with photography.
I was inspired by Robert Smithson and how he plays with displacement.
I purposefully got mirrors that would distort the reflection, I wanted to play with clarity and distortion as this is something you can play around with in photography. I see this work as furthering my exploration with mark making and using nature to create the marks.
I plan to carry on exploring this concept, playing with perception, how much of the mirror you can see and possibly using film so the reflection in the mirror moves.
When I took photos of my work I would often use my phone to take pictures, which was great for quick photos to show my process. However since lock down and having my artwork assessed digitally, I have found that a weak point of mine is my photo documentation skills. I often used the auto setting on a digital camera or I used my phone, both of which did not turnout well. My photos would be grainy (I now know that that was due to the ISO being too high) as well as issues with composition and being under exposed. I also had no idea how to edit my photos, so there were problems that I could easily fix, however I didn’t know how.
To fix these problems I now have a DSLR camera, I take photos in the manual setting and I now understand the ISO, aperture and shutter speed, so that I can take photos in different settings and know how to adjust my camera to get a better photograph. I also had a session where we looked at photoshop RAW edit and how I can correct and enhance my photos.
Here are a few photos that I took and edited from the workshop.
Having a week long residency in the cubed space at University of Suffolk has been a really good learning experience. It’s a unique space with some interesting challenges, and I would of loved having an extra week to carry on developing and experimenting my work.
Working in the cubed space was a good learning curve as I had to adapt to working in a different environment and work quickly, I had to think about lighting, space, and limitations (in terms of what was allowed and what wasn’t).
My work tends to be subliminal, allowing people to find there own meaning within my work. I also like working with chance as a theme within my practice, I like the unpredictability as well as the unique outcomes, I also find that this quality creates a stronger connection to the subject matter: the natural world. This is what I focused on whilst I was working in the Cube.
During my time in the Cube I experimented with making eco prints, above is a photo of some of my prints.
I have been exploring the concept of mark making with natural material. I’m drawn to working with natural material because I love the chance aspect.
I plan to carry on exploring different types of mark making, I will look at mark making with natural material as well as using natural materials as a utensil to make marks with ink/paint. Looking at the difference between these two different ways of mark making.