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.
After researching Nancy Holt, I was inspired by her buried poems and decided to look into poetry. Apart from studying English Literature at high school, my knowledge of poetry was rather slim. So I started to look into poetry as well as other artists who use poetry within their practice.
I stared having a go at writing my own poetry, and I wanted to have a go at connecting this to nature, which is a common strand within my practice. So I marked out a trail in an area that I frequently walk in, and started writing poetry that links to specific areas within the trail.
As I am still new to poetry I also wanted to experiment with published poetry, as well as experimenting with my own.
I did a presentation where I looked at what work had previously done as well as what I was working on and where I am thinking of taking my work. By doing presentations I find that I’m able to see links and connections to previous work that I have done as well as looking at my practice in a different light. The presentation also allows me to iron out areas of my practice that need work or clarification. From this particular presentation I found that a key strand within my practice is working with nature in it’s raw form, and contrasting it with the man made. I also find that I am drawn to the notion of action, whether that be the process of making the work or the action of walking.
Some key things for me to think about and improve are:
- Improve photo documentation of work
- Experimentation with maps
- Experimentation with video
- Chance artwork with nature
- Use of poetry